Paulo Dybala talked about using his weaker right foot to score the goal that forced extra time against Feyenoord. He also revealed that Roma coach Jose Mourinho had predicted the game’s outcome and was proven to be right.
After picking up a thigh injury during the first leg in Rotterdam, Paulo Dybala made his return from the bench in the Europa League quarter-final against Feyenoord. There were rumors that he would start.
But manager Jose Mourinho brought him on in the 70th minute, hoping for extra time. Dybala’s goal in the 89th minute made the score 2-1 and forced the match to extra time.
“Did you see that? I don’t use my right foot very often, and today it hurt so I tried to use it even less, but it was worth it for the goal,” he laughed on Sky Sport Italia.
Dybala would love to have dinner with Totti!
Before extra time began, the crowd created a fantastic atmosphere by singing the Roma anthem acapella. They had already created a sensational atmosphere before the match even started by accompanying the team bus.
“The road from Trigoria to the stadium was incredible. The way the people in this city experience football is wonderful. The stadium packed with 65,000 people is a huge help, they are like an extra man for us on the field. They kept pushing and so did we.
“I was a little scared when they equalized, but we kept going and made the game ours in extra time.” Dybala added.
Roma had to come from behind on multiple occasions during their Europa League journey, but they have now secured a spot in the semi-finals, where they will face Bayer Leverkusen.
“I think we all want to win, which is the most important thing. We have a coach with an incredible mentality. He told us the game would be like that and he was absolutely right. This squad won the Conference League last season, so they know what it takes to win. Now we hope to go all the way in the Europa League too.”
Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi were in the stands this evening to cheer on their beloved Roma.
“I spoke to Totti a few times, but I’d love to go for dinner with him. I have so much respect for him, I saw De Rossi on the screen too during the warm-up, I didn’t know they were coming. Everyone wants to be here to watch this Roma.” Dybala concluded.