Roma striker Tammy Abraham believes Jose Mourinho has turned him into a “monster” and a more aggressive player.
Abraham left Chelsea to move to the Italian capital in the summer and has hit five goals so far this season.
A dip in form for Roma has coincided with a barren spell for Abraham, with just one goal in his last eight games.
But the 24-year-old’s decision to leave the Premier League continues to be vindicated at international level – with Abraham involved in England’s win over Albania on Friday.
Asked what Mourinho had taught him at the Stadio Olimpico so far, Abraham replied: “Just be a monster really!
“I think one of the things he said was I was too much of a nice player and that you have to show that aggressiveness as you’re getting older as a striker.
“It’s not always about being nice on the pitch. You need that character, you need that presence to frighten defenders and I think that’s something I’m learning and getting better at.
“It’s always tough, moving and going to experience a different country and different culture.
“I felt the sooner I settled in the better, and started learning different types of football and different styles. I’ve gone to spread my wings and hopefully I can keep up the level of performances I need to stay in the team.
“Of course (the World Cup) was in the back of my mind but really I just wanted to play football. For me, it’s still a young career and I just felt I needed to go out and play some games to improve and hit the highest levels and hopefully I can keep striving on.”
Abraham came off the bench to replace hat-trick hero Harry Kane in Friday’s 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over Albania at Wembley.
He now has nine caps and two goals for England and will be hoping for a rare start when England face San Marino on Monday night, knowing a draw would guarantee them a place at next year’s World Cup.
“Yes, of course, I’m always someone who backs myself and believes in myself and you have to be ready because anything can happen in football,” he said when asked if he is determined to become the go-to man to replace captain Kane when needed.
“For me it’s about always trying to be ready. Of course players go through injury and bad spells etc but as a player you have to be ready and that’s something you have to be ready for, whenever the call is and the opportunities come.
“(Kane is) phenomenal. Everyone is so delighted for him, especially on the bench, every time he scored. It just shows that he’s world-class.
“He got into certain positions where the odds are not in his favour, apparently, but he puts them away like he always does.
“You know he’s striving and striving and trying to get better every game. He’s someone I really look up to and hopefully he can get many more.”
Andriy Shevchenko has been appointed as Genoa’s new head coach and the former Chelsea striker will face his old manager Jose Mourinho in his first game in charge against Roma.
The 45-year-old joined the Serie A club on a deal until 2024 following the sacking of Davide Ballardini who was dismissed on Saturday after their 2-2 draw with Empoli on Friday night.
Shevchenko departed his role as Ukraine manager in August, which is his only previous coaching position to date. He steered the national team to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals for the first time in their history before they were knocked out by England.
Genoa’s new American owners, private investment firm 777 Partners, acted swiftly with the club flirting with the relegation zone having recorded just one win in 12 league matches this season.
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“Kicking off this new adventure to bring back Genoa to its great history,” Shevchenko wrote in a Twitter post.
Shevchenko returns to northern Italy 15 years after he left AC Milan, with whom he won a Serie A title, the Champions League, the Coppa Italia, the Italian Super Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup. The Ukrainian also picked up the 2004 Ballon d’Or during his time at the San Siro.
A meeting with Mourinho’s Roma side is Shevchenko’s first test as Genoa manager on November 14 at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium.
The pair won the 2006/07 League Cup and FA Cup during their time together at Stamford Bridge and reached the final of the Champions League in the 2007/08 season.
Mourinho’s Roma are sixth in Serie A after six wins, five defeats, and one draw so far this term.
The Giallorossi succumbed to a 3-2 loss to Venezia on Sunday which saw them fall further behind league leaders Napoli.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Franck Kessie gave AC Milan a 2-1 win at 10-man Roma to inflict Jose Mourinho’s first ever home Serie A defeat and stay level with leaders Napoli.
The victory extended Milan’s superb start in Serie A and kept the Rossoneri level on points with Napoli, who still lead on goal difference after a 1-0 win over local rivals Salernitana.
Ibrahimovic scored midway through the first half with a powerful free-kick through Roma’s wall for his 400th career league goal.
Moments later, the Swedish striker nearly made another goal but he was ruled offside after chesting down for Rafael Leao to slot home.
Ibrahimovic was the victim of a foul inside the Roma box by Roger Ibanez, allowing Kessie to score from the spot just before the hour mark.
Milan then ended with 10 men after Theo Hernandez picked up a second yellow card, which will keep him out of next weekend’s derby with Inter.
Stephan El Shaarawy pulled one back for Roma in stoppage time, but it was not enough.
Napoli struggled to find the target in a narrow win at Salernitana, who are in the top division for the first time in more than two decades.
Piotr Zielinski scored on the hour mark following a header from Andrea Petagna which rebounded off the crossbar.
Napoli were missing standout striker Victor Osimhen, who was out with a muscular issue, and captain Lorenzo Insigne was kept on the bench in an apparent tactical decision.
Napoli have won 10 of their opening 11 matches for the second time in history, after previously doing so in 2017-18.
Joaquin Correa scored twice as Inter Milan beat Udinese 2-0 as the reigning champions ensured they did not fall further behind in the standings.
Both of Correa’s goals came in the second half in an eight-minute span as Inter ensured the seven-point gap to the top two was not extended further than seven points.
Inter dominated from the start at San Siro, with Nicol Barella producing seven attempts in the first half as the Nerazzurri midfielder seemed determined to score.
However, it was Correa who gave Inter the lead on the hour-mark. An Ivan Periic dummy allowed Correa to get on the end of a pass from Alessandro Bastoni, before cutting past a defender and firing into the bottom left corner.
Inter almost doubled their lead seven minutes later, but Udinesegoalkeeper Marco Silvestri denied Edin Deko from point-blank range, with Walace managing to block the follow-up attempt from Denzel Dumfries.
The Nerazzurri did get their second moments later and again it was Correa, this time with a shot into the top left corner after Dumfries had cut the ball back to him on the edge of the area.
Udinese had a late goal by Gerard Deulofeu ruled out for offside in the build-up and so remain four points above the relegation zone.
Elsewhere on Sunday, wantaway forward Duan Vlahovic may have endeared himself to Fiorentina’s fans again after scoring a hat-trick to help his side beat Spezia 3-0.
Vlahovic converted a penalty on the stroke of half-time after a handball from Spezia forward Emanuel Gyasi and added two after the break to take his tally to nine in Serie A this season.
The 21-year-old recently turned down a new contract, much to the ire of Fiorentina’s fans, who have insulted him after recent matches. His current deal expires in 2023, but the club have not ruled out him leaving in January.
Fiorentina moved to within one point of fourth-placed Roma, while Spezia slipped into the relegation zone after Genoa moved above them on goal difference thanks to a goalless draw at home to fellow strugglers Venezia.
And finally, two late goals saw Empoli come from behind to win 2-1 at Sassuolo.
La Liga: Sociedad stay top, Atletico end winless run
In La Liga, Real Sociedad held on to a slender one-point lead at the top of the table despite a late Athletic Bilbao equaliser.
Sociedad took the lead in the 58th minute from the penalty spot through Alexander Isak and looked to be on course for all three points.
However, despite a red card for Inigo Martinez, Iker Muniain struck the equaliser in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the game, as Bilbao finished the match with 10 men.
Atletico Madrid put an end to their winless streak by comfortably beating Real Betis 3-0 to jump up to fourth in La Liga.
Atletico got on the board through goals from Yannick Carrasco and Joao Felix and an own goal by Betis defender German Pezzella. It was the club’s first win in three matches, following consecutive draws against Levante and Real Sociedad in the league and a defeat by Liverpool in the Champions League.
The victory moved Atletico within two points of leaders Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad. Madrid and Sevilla won their matches on Saturday, while Sociedad host Athletic Bilbao in the Basque Country derby in Sunday’s late game.
Bundesliga: Monchengladbach shake off bogey side
Borussia Monchengladbach finally beat Bochum at the 16th attempt with a 2-1 win over the promoted visitors.
First-half goals from Alassane Plea and Jonas Hofmann were enough for Gladbach’s first win over Bochum in Germany’s top tier since a 2-1 victory in September 1997, though the home team were forced to hold on.
Danny Blum scored Bochum’s consolation with a brilliant free kick in the 86th minute and the visitors pushed hard for the equaliser late on. Yann Sommer pulled off a good save in injury time as Gladbach saw out a fourth league win of the season.
Marcus Thuram thought he’d scored the home team’s third goal to seal victory after Blum’s strike, but the French forward’s effort was chalked off for offside.
The clubs last met in 2011 when Gladbach denied Bochum promotion in the two-legged relegation/promotion play-off. Bochum had to wait until last season before earning promotion directly as second division champions.
Augsburg claimed a much-needed Bundesliga win against Stuttgart with goals to spare earlier in the day, winning 4-1 to ease the pressure on coach Markus Weinzierl.
Weinzierl’s team produced their best performance of the season to come from behind after Chris Fuhrich’s early goal for Stuttgart as Augsburg finally picked up a second league win from 10 games.
Fuhrich scored in the seventh minute as the visitors were rewarded for making the better start, but Reece Oxford equalised with a header from a corner after half an hour.
Jeffrey Gouweleeuw scored after another corner shortly after half-time, before Florian Niederlechner and Alfred Finnbogason added further goals late on.
Augsburg remain in the relegation zone, one point behind Stuttgart who suffered a fourth loss of the campaign.
Ligue 1: Nice go second after comeback win over Angers
Nice moved up to second place in the French league with another comeback win as Andy Delort netted twice in a 2-1 victory over Angers on Sunday
Angers winger Sofiane Boufal had opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 29th minute after Youcef Atal tripped him inside the area.
But Delort equalised with a deflected shot in the 57th minute, before slamming home a volley from the edge of the box in stoppage time. The Nice striker could have had a hat-trick, but his earlier header in the 23rd minute hit the post.
Angers goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni repeatedly frustrated the visitors having tipped Amine Gouiris’s long-range strike over the bar in the 69th minute, before parrying a low drive from the Nice forward in the 72nd minute.
An under-strength Nice side came into the game missing Justin Kluivert, Calvin Stengs, Evann Guessand, and Robson Bambu through injury, as well as Kasper Dolberg for personal reasons.
Nice overcame an even larger 2-0 deficit to edge Lyon 3-2 the previous weekend and the victory moves the club to within eight points of league leaders Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Sunday’s late games.
Luis Suarez scored a second-half double as Atletico Madrid came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home against Spanish La Liga leaders Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Imanol Alguacil’s Socieded took an early lead when Alexander Isak set up Alexander Sorloth in the seventh minute. Isak got on the scoresheet himself three minutes after half-time with a clinical finish from a set-piece.
However, Suarez rose to meet a pinpoint cross from Joao Felix around the hour mark to inspire the home fans inside the packed Wanda Metropolitano.
The Uruguay striker completed the comeback for the champions when he was fouled in the area 13 minutes from time and once the penalty was ratified by VAR, converted it with ease.
Sociedad remain top of the standings with 21 points from 10 games, one point ahead of Real Madrid and Sevilla who both have a game in hand. Atletico are three points behind the leaders in fourth.
Elsewhere, in El Clasico, goals in each half from David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez saw Real Madrid win 2-1 at Barcelona, leading Barca fans to confront Ronald Koeman as he left the Nou Camp in his car after the game.
Sevilla won a thrilling encounter against Levante, winning 5-3 at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. Real Betis also beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2.
Serie A – Inter draw with Juve as Mourinho sent to stands
Juventus snatched a last-gasp draw at champions Inter Milan after Paulo Dybala scored a penalty following a VAR intervention.
Juventus travelled to Milan in fine form having won their previous six games in all competitions, but soon found themselves behind as Inter striker Edin Dzeko fired home after Hakan Calhanoglu’s shot had hit the post in the 17th minute.
The visitors piled on the pressure in the second half as they searched for an equaliser, but looked set to be frustrated after failing to create any clear-cut chances.
However, Juve were handed a lifeline following a VAR review of a tackle from Inter’s Denzel Dumfries on Alex Sandro, leading the referee to award the penalty. Dybala grabbed the opportunity to fire in the equaliser in the 89th minute.
Inter were furious with the decision – coach Simone Inzaghi was sent off for his protestations – as they had to settle for a draw that left them third in the standings with 18 points, while Juventus climbed to sixth, a further three points adrift.
Napoli’s perfect start to the season came to an end on Sunday with a 0-0 draw at Roma.
Napoli had won all eight of their league matches in a stunning start to the season but could not find a way past Roma, who were looking for a reaction after being routed 6-1 by Norwegian team Bod/Glimt in the Europa League on Thursday.
Roma almost took the lead in the 27th minute. Tammy Abraham was limping after picking up a knock, but still managed to out-sprint Napoli defender Amir Rrahmani, before firing wide of the right post.
Napoli should have broken the deadlock on the hour mark, but Victor Osimhen hit the right post from point-blank range, and a desperate tackle by Rick Karsdorp prevented Mario Rui from turning in the rebound. Osimhen also headed the resulting corner onto the top of the bar.
“I thought it was a great game – a high-quality game. 0-0 seems like a fair result to me, but 1-0 to us would have been as well. Intensity, concentration, tactical awareness … it was a quality contest.”#ASRoma #RomaNapoli pic.twitter.com/yLXJELyapk
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) October 24, 2021
Roma squandered three opportunities in quick succession as Lorenzo Pellegrini twice missed the target and then Gianluca Mancini headed his free-kick narrowly over. Osimhen thought he had won it two minutes from time but his header was ruled out for offside.
Late in the game, Roma coach Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands for dissent nine minutes from time. His Napoli counterpart, Luciano Spalletti, was also red carded after the final whistle as the referee judged his applause to be ironic, despite the coach’s fervent protests it was genuine.
Giovanni Simeone scored all four goals against his father Diego Simeone’s former team as Hellas Verona routed Lazio 4-1.
Simeone scored two goals in each half, helped by two assists from Gianluca Caprari, who was also in inspired form. Ciro Immobile had halved the deficit for Lazio at the start of the second half.
The match was also notable as the great-grandson of former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, 18-year-old defender Romano Floriani Mussolini was on the bench for Lazio for the first time.
Atalanta moved a point above Lazio into fifth after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Udinese. Atalanta were struggling with an injury crisis but looked to be heading for the win thanks to Ruslan Malinovskyi’s 56th-minute strike, but Beto headed in a corner in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Fiorentina moved up to sixth with a comfortable 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Cagliari.
Ligue 1 – Le Classique ends in stalemate
Ligue 1 leaders PSG dropped two points as they were held to a 0-0 stalemate at bitter rivals Marseille after playing more than half an hour with 10 men amid minor crowd trouble.
The game was briefly paused twice because of incidents involving Marseille fans after both teams had goals disallowed in an entertaining first half.
PSG, who had Achraf Hakimi red carded in the 57th minute, have 28 points from 11 games and lead RC Lens by seven points and Nice by nine.
Marseille, who will replay their game against Nice on Wednesday after it was abandoned after serious crowd incidents in August, are fourth on 18 points from 10 matches.
Substitutes Youcef Atal and Evan Guessand inspired Nice to a sensational 3-2 comeback victory over 10-man Lyon in a pulsating Ligue 1 encounter.
Atal reduced the arrears after the hosts had fallen 2-0 behind following goals by Karl Toko Ekambi and Houssem Aouar, before earning a penalty converted by Andy Delort for the equaliser. Guessand scored the winner two minutes into stoppage time.
Lyon had the game firmly in their grasp for more than an hour before losing control in a thrilling finale with Tino Kadewere picking up a straight red card five minutes from time.
Elsewhere, winger Wesley Said grabbed a first-half double as Lens beat Metz 4-1. Ignatius Ganago and Przemyslaw Frankowski also scored for second-place Lens. Monaco were also 3-1 winners at home to Montpellier.
Also Sunday, Rennes enjoyed a 1-0 home victory over Strasbourg, Lorient and Bordeaux drew 1-1, and Troyes won 2-1 at Reims.
Bundesliga – Cologne, Stuttgart snatch draws
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A selection of the best goals from Matchweek Nine in the Bundesliga, including strikes from Robert Lewandowski, Jude Bellingham and Mats Hummels
Anthony Modeste scored twice to salvage a 2-2 draw for Cologne against Bayer Leverkusen, further denting the title hopes of a Leverkusen team already reeling from a heavy defeat to Bayern Munich.
Two goals in as many minutes from Patrik Schick and Karim Bellarabi gave Leverkusen the lead before Modeste’s goals for Cologne.
Leverkusen stays fourth in the Bundesliga after Freiburg overtook Leverkusen to go third with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Ten-man Stuttgart scored a last-minute equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw with Union Berlin. Taiwo Awoniyi’s sixth goal of the season put Union ahead before Stuttgart had Atakan Karazor sent off for two bookings in the space of 35 seconds.
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A selection of the best saves from Matchweek Nine in the Bundesliga, including stops from Marwin Hitz, Lukas Hradecky and Peter Gulacsi
Union looked capable of holding onto their lead until 18-year-old substitute Wahid Faghir’s deflected shot deep into added time earned a point for Stuttgart.
On a day when Wolfsburg fired coach Mark van Bommel after an eight-game winless run, the pressure on Eintracht Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner increased with a 2-0 loss at promoted Bochum.
Danny Blum’s third-minute goal put Bochum on course for their third win since returning to the Bundesliga, and goalkeeper Manuel Riemann saved Stuttgart forward Goncalo Paciencia’s penalty, awarded for a handball.
Bochum missed a series of chances to score and Frankfurt’s Daichi Kamada hit the woodwork late on before Sebastian Polter got Bochum’s second goal on a rebound in added time.
Jose Mourinho suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats of his career as Roma were thrashed 6-1 at minnows Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League.
Roma travelled to northern Norway looking to extend their 100 per cent start in Group C but their much-changed side were humiliated on the artificial surface at Aspmyra Stadion.
Erik Botheim’s eighth-minute opener and Patrick Berg’s thunderous effort put the hosts in control inside 20 minutes. Carles Perez halved the deficit shortly before the half-hour mark but, having got back into the game, Roma imploded after the break.
Botheim’s second restored Bodo/Glimt’s two-goal advantage and before Ola Solbakken’s double, either side of Amahl Pellegrino’s strike, saw a Mourinho side concede six times for the first time in the Portuguese’s illustrious 1,008-game managerial career.
1 – A José Mourinho side has conceded 6+ goals in a single game for the first time ever, in what is the 1008th match of his managerial career. Shock.
— OptaPaolo 🏆 (@OptaPaolo) October 21, 2021
A Norwegian side has scored 4+ goals against an Italian team for the very first time in European competitions – the previous record was back in the 1994/95 Cup Winners’ Cup, with a 3-2 win for Bodø/Glimt against Sampdoria.
A Norwegian side has won a European competition match against an Italian team for the first time since December 1996: a Rosenborg Champions League win against AC Milan.
AS Roma have lost a game by a 5-goals margin for the first time since January 2019 (1-7 in Coppa Italia against Fiorentina) and in European competitions since November 2015 (1-6 in Champions League against Barcelona).
Bodø/Glimt have found the net with their very first shot on target fired in the game against AS Roma.