Nicolò Zaniolo has acknowledged that José Mourinho played a very important role in his growth as a player at Roma.
“Mourinho is a winner. He taught me to get involved in the defensive aspects of the game and I know I need to improve in that area. I also had your help to better manage certain situations, such as being offside. He taught me to bite my tongue. Be quiet on the pitch and work harder,” the midfielder said, speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Italian international revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of his idols: “I realized my dream of playing on the same pitch as Ibrahimovic. I haven’t spoken to him, but I’ve studied the way he plays, his movements and he’s a charismatic leader.”
Zaniolo did not speak directly to the Swedish striker: “I’m too shy to approach me. I admired him from afar. I am happy that Milan won the title.