Coach Jose Mourinho faced the media on Tuesday afternoon to preview the upcoming Serie A meeting with Bologna.
Wednesday’s game at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara gets underway at 18:30 CET.
Here’s what the boss had to say heading into the contest…
Opportunity is sometimes born out of emergency – and we’ve seen that for a few players in recent games. Will those moves be consigned to history once the emergency is passed, or are they elements you could continue to employ in future?
“It starts with having a strong mentality. This is a close-knit group, a good group, who want to help each other out. The credit goes to my players, especially those who have not played much so far – like Diawara, who had only played a couple of minutes [before].
“There are players who work really hard during the week, despite probably knowing they are not going to start the game at the weekend. But the way they work, the professionalism they show, gives me good problems. And then there are those who do play, and do so with relish – like Kumbulla, who came on at the weekend for a minute but in that minute stopped a dangerous attack, took a yellow card, and then marked a giant like [Torino goalkeeper Vanja] Milinkovic-Savic from the final corner. He does the job he needs to do in that final minute and finishes the game happy. He did that for the team.
“So more than positions or tactics or my work, the credit really goes to the players – for their mentality and the sort of group they are.”