Moreno: ‘I didn’t know how to defend!’

Centre-back Hector Moreno said he “realised when joining Roma that I didn’t know how to defend. I’ve never learned so much as in those seven months.”

It is not the best revelation for a defender to come to, especially when he is a Mexico international with 104 senior caps to his name.

Moreno, now 32, had played for Pumas, AZ Alkmaar, Espanyol and PSV Eindhoven before joining Roma for €5.7m in the summer of 2017.

He flopped badly at the Stadio Olimpico and was immediately sold to Real Sociedad in January 2018.

“I realised when joining Roma that I didn’t know how to defend,” Moreno told Multimedio Deportes.

“I joined Pumas at the age of 15 and didn’t know how to defend. When I moved to Roma, it came to my attention that I still didn’t know how to defend.

“I’ve never learned so much as in those seven months at Roma. They would explain things to me in training and I’d say: ‘How is it possible that I didn’t know this?’

“I always worked with coaches who preferred to focus on attacking football.”

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