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'Rome derby is a privilege' - José Mourinho

Roma boss Jose Mourinho insisted it is ‘a privilege to experience what it means to play the Rome Derby’ against Lazio and is still sweating over Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini’s ban.

The Portuguese tactician was informed that this will be his 120th Derby, the first in Rome.

He replied in a press conference: “I only knew about the 1,000th game thanks to you in the media telling me.”

“Derbies are wonderful for a coach, because he doesn’t have to worry about motivating anyone or checking for concentration levels. It was more worrying preparing for Udinese, but with a derby, everyone is 100 per cent in the game."

“We play to win, even if we cannot always win, and are facing a side with our same ambitions. What I want is for my lads to leave the field knowing they’ve given everything."

“It is a privilege for me to experience what it means to play the Rome Derby, but I also want my team to have ambitions that go beyond the derby. It isn’t our only objective of the season,” he concluded.

Speaking on the suspension of Lorenzo Pellegrini.

He said: "The good news is that Matias Vina is back from injury and is expected to start."

He further said: “There is only one Pellegrini. I didn’t want to talk about this, but I have to. Having Pellegrini is one thing, not having him is another. He has leadership, he is a fine captain, but he’s not there. The referee did something stupid, but what’s the point of arguing?

“You want to ask who will play instead of him, but I will not tell you,” he concluded.

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