Paulo Dybala spoke about the Argentina national team, the World Cup, joining AS Roma and Jose Mourinho.
Dybala is in great form at the moment for both Argentina and AS Roma. Having scored for Argentina in the Finalissima and having a great start for Roma, the Argentine has been selected for the Argentina national team.
Having missed out on the Copa America last year, Dybala is set on being at the World Cup for Argentina. Speaking in an interview with TyC Sports, here is what he had to say about being left out:
“At no point did I get angry or had a bad reaction towards the coaching staff. That year was not my best because of the injuries. I am someone that is very self-critical and always trying to give my best. When I saw the result, it made me very happy for the group. They were my team mates where I have had good friends for a long time.
“Two titles were won, the team is very close to the people and there’s a lot of hope. A nice atmosphere has been created and we also live it that way. There is trust and a good atmosphere. You have to be calm and continue in the same way.”
He also spoke about the 2018 World Cup:
“Back then it was another team and there were different team mates. Things are prepared differently, beyond the fact that it would have been nice to have another outcome and have more minutes on the pitch.
“It is something that is already in the past and now we have to point to what is to come.”
“Sadly, last year I had a lot of stoppages due to some injuries at Juventus and I couldn’t get continuity beyond the fact that my numbers, for the minutes I played, were very good.
“Having been left without a contract caused a whole doubt to be created about what was happening with my form. It was unexpected because there was an agreement to renew but then things changed on the part of the club and the coach, who had a new project. Today, Mourinho opened me the doors to be able to go to Roma.”
About joning AS Roma and staying in Italy:
“There was the FIFA games in September and then the World Cup. I played for Juventus for many years and it was difficult for me to go to another club in Italy. I know the league, I played for many years and I knew that it wasn’t going to cost me to adapt. Today, I’m here with the illusion of being (at the World Cup).
“The people with me try to take the best decision knowing all of the projects that are coming. It was taken very fast, it was a weekend in which Mourinho called me and we had various chats. Also at hom with Tiago Pinto, the Roma sporting director.
“A coach like that says few things but in a direct way. We had a lot of chats about the club, the city and his ideas. Incredible players arrived and of a lot of experience, joined a young group that was working and won a title last year.”
In regards to Jose Mourinho’s comments that Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni should send him a bottle of wine to thank him for signing Dybala:
“The mister has a lot of things like that, I don’t know if they communicate. Walter Samuel was working with Mourinho at Inter and he knows how he is. An outsider sometimes has an image but when you meet him personally, he is an amazing person.”