New manager Jose Mourinho began work at Roma on Friday promising to restore long-term prosperity after the Serie A club came 29 points behind champions Inter Milan in seventh last season.
“We want to make a Roma of success, but a future of success – not an isolated moment of success … we want to do something sustainable,” he told the club website.
Asked what had changed since he led Inter to two league titles in 2009 and 2010 and a Champions League win in 2010, Mourinho pointed at his record around Europe.
“Experience – it looks like everything becomes déjà vu because you go through so many experiences.
Since I left Italy I went to Real Madrid, which was an incredible experience, and I reached my dream of winning in Italy, England and Spain,” he explained.
“With so many experiences, and learning in the good moments and the bad moments, I am much more prepared now than I was.”
The 58-year-old Portuguese coach said he had an excellent relationship with club owners the Friedkin Group and general manager Tiago Pinto, although he did drop a hint that he would like some additions to the squad.
“I hope that the bosses and director Tiago have some gifts for me, because it would be nice.—AP