Roma head coach Jose Mourinho joked that if he could multiply star Lorenzo Pellegrini, they would all be in his starting XI.
Pellegrini has established himself as an integral part of the Roma side since arriving via Sassuolo in 2017, with the Giallorossi captain’s exploits reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool, Juventus and Manchester United.
Among midfielders last season, Pellegrini led Roma in chances created (65), interceptions (43), tackles won (24) and penalty area entries (241), having also scored seven goals and supplied six assists with a passing accuracy of 82 per cent.
In Roma’s season-opening 3-1 win over Fiorentina in Serie A last week, the 25-year-old created two chances while boasting a 93.3 passing accuracy, to go with three recoveries, two through balls and five penalty area entries.
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Mourinho hailed the Italy international ahead of Thursday’s Europa Conference League clash against Turkish visitors Trabzonspor.
“He can do everything,” Mourinho told reporters, with Roma leading 2-1 after the first leg.
“If we had three Pellegrini’s, they would all be starting the game at the same time. They would never stay all three in the bench.
“He is multifunctional, he can adapt to different roles. The other day when we were 10 he played on the internal part of the right flank and created the chance for Tammy [Abraham] to hit the crossbar.
“He is smart, can understand the game and my ideas. If there were three of him, they would all play.”
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