UEFA Europa Conference League


Striker Tammy Abraham faced the media on Wednesday afternoon, ahead of Roma’s Europa Conference League meeting with Bodo/Glimt.

Thursday’s game at the Stadio Olimpico gets underway at 21:00 CET, with a win for either side likely to prove a huge step forward in the pursuit of top spot in the group.

Here’s everything the striker had to say during his press conference.

You started really well here. The last month or so has been a bit tougher. How are you going to get through this – and also do you agree Sunday’s penalty was pretty ridiculous, and would never be given in the Premier League?

“I think in football, you know, you have times where there are good times and there are bad times. You learn about yourself and your team when you are going through bad times. For me, someone of my stature and someone of my calibre, and also for a lot of leaders in the team, this is the best time for us to show our quality, to show our leadership, and show we can help the team as much as possible.

“Of course, everybody wants to have the best season and to win every game, but you have bad times – and this is one of them. It is about how we overcome this.

“And, as for the penalty decision, these things happen in football. The referees are under so much pressure in games and they are human and they make human errors. It’s not my decision to make, though. Obviously, as a Roma player and a Roma fan, I don’t want to see those decisions go against us, but these things happen in football.”

How are you doing physically? And what do you think of the Roma anthem – we’ve seen you singing along with it before games, so how does it make you feel?

“Going back to the question about the injury with the national team, it’s getting better. Of course I have struggled with ankle pains and little injuries here and there, so it is about how I look after myself. I am player who always wants to help the team, so I don’t like to let injuries get in the way of me helping the team.

“I don’t like to make excuses, every footballer wants to play with no pain and feeling 100% but unfortunately it can’t always be like that. But the physios, the medical staff are really looking after me, and hopefully I will be back to 100% soon.

“Since the first day, I fell in love with Roma. Since the first day I got here. As you can see, when I am on the pitch I am so passionate about the club and the way they have made me feel. They have made me feel like I have been here for so many years. So I have to repay them with performances and by showing that I would do anything for this club. And hopefully it continues.

“As players we need the fans as much as possible to support us. Of course we have to perform on the pitch to show that we care for the club, then again, it works both ways."

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