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Mourinho hails 'threatening' Super Eagles striker after slim victory

Jose Mourinho needed a Chris Smalling goal to get a narrow 1-0 win after the Super Eagles strikers ran Roma ragged

David Okereke and Cyriel Dessers were the strike pair as Cremonese faced AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico

Legendary manager Jose Mourinho has praised Super Eagles striker Cyriel Dessers for his performance in the Serie A match between Cremonese and AS Roma.

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Dessers and Cremonese travelled to the Stadio Olimpico on Monday night for their Matchday 2 fixture of the Serie A season with the newcomers seeking their first points of the season.

However, a 65th-minute goal from former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling helped Roma nick a slim 1-0 victory to condemn Cremonese to consecutive opening losses in the league.

However, Mourinho stated that Nigerian international Dessers could have changed the story of the game had he scored earlier in the first half.

The AS Roma manager paid particular praise to Dessers, admitting that the Nigerian international threatened the Roma side even though his side deserved three points more.

As reported by owngoalnigeria, Mourinho said: "We didn't start well and Cremonese could have been ahead had that effort (Dessers' chance) gone in.

"They had moments and Dessers threatened us. We needed to win and we got what I think we deserve at the end."

Dessers played all 90 minutes of the encounter with Roma but failed to register any shot on goal all match. Instead, the Super Eagles striker hit the woodwork once and also had four (4) shots off target and one shot blocked.

The former Genk striker is yet to open his goalscoring account at Cremonese after securing a permanent transfer to the Serie A newcomers.

After a successful loan spell at Feyenoord last season, Dessers started the 2022/23 season at Genk with a bang, scoring three (3) goals and registering one (1) assist in just three matches.

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