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Alisson: First months with Roma were lonely

Alisson Becker admits his emergence at Roma hasn't been plain sailing.

This is his second season in Serie A, though the first was spent as understudy to Wojciech Szczesny.

“It did feel a little lonely at first, but then I got to spend more time with my wife. She was pregnant and so I got to focus less on my career," the Brazilian told Sportweek.

“I worked hard in training and learned a lot alongside a great goalkeeper like Szczesny. When I arrived at Roma, I was ready to be a football player, but now I am ready to be an Italian football player.

“You can't think too much about a great save you just made, because you might put it out for a corner and concede a second later. It feels horrible to concede, even when you win the game. It makes me angry… I've made many saves in my career, but also let in many goals.

“You feel most lonely when there's a penalty. I study how the opposition players take their kicks and try to remember what I've seen. The best penalty save was against Palmeiras in the Cup, it was 0-0 and Paraguayan Lucas Barrios took the kick. When I saved, it felt like the whole stadium was going to come down.

“I also know how to take penalties, but prefer to leave those to others. I never kid around on the pitch. I have fun, because my work is something I love, but football is all about the details. You work to reach perfection."

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