Roma star Paulo Dybala has recently provided an insight into the reaction of head coach Jose Mourinho to Argentina winning last year’s World Cup.
Dybala, of course, was a member of Lionel Scaloni’s squad which ultimately reigned triumphant in Qatar. Though the former Juventus man was far from first-choice, he did prove himself absolutely vital to Argentina’s run to glory, finding the net during a nail-biting finale shootout versus France.
And, as alluded to above, one non-Argentine who appeared to be particularly excited for Dybala and his Albiceleste teammates on the back of the full-time whistle against France comes in the form of Roma boss Jose Mourinho.
Speaking in an interview with Gaston Edul of Argentine outlet TyC Sports on Wednesday, Dybala was drawn on the aftermath of last December’s showpiece clash.
And the 29-year-old went on to reveal that Mourinho was the first person he called after returning to the dressing room, upon discovering that he had no fewer than five missed calls from the Portuguese:
“When the final against France ended, I was in the traditional doping room, then I got to the locker room, I grabbed the phone to talk to my family and I had five missed calls from Mou. I think I called him first then my mother.”
Dybala from here went on to reveal that his club boss holds a close connection with the Argentine people, adding:
“He was very happy because he loves Argentines. He always tells me wonderful things about Di Maria and Messi too, he loves them very much. All the Argentinians have given him something more in their teams and he speaks very highly of everyone. He has great affection for all Argentines.”
Conor Laird | GIFN