Josè Mourinho he has been repeating it since the beginning of the season: the Roma squad is not yet up to par with the teams that precede it. In some roles (median and low bands in particular), net of owners it is uncovered. Or rather, the solutions are pure solutions, but the Special One doesn’t like them. For this reason at the Stadium, excluding the forced change of Zaniolo with El Shaarawy and the entry of Shomurodov for Veretout, there were no substitutions. “There was no reason to change, we were playing well,” the Portuguese explained in the post-match. Josè’s, however, is half the truth because if Roma were well placed on the pitch, it is equally correct to say that with more experienced players on the bench they would probably have seen some more counter-moves.
To date, in fact, there is a real team that does not play. If we exclude Fazio and Santon out of the squad, there are 8 other footballers used with the dropper. A necessary premise must be made for Calafiori and Darboe, guys on whom Mou really focuses but who need to grow further to understand some moments of the matches. Then there are the others: from Fuzato to Kumbulla, passing through Reynolds, Villar, Diawara and Mayoral. All together they make 313 minutes, 87 less than El Shaarawy (400 ‘) who is not even considered a holder of Mourinho’s Roma. If we then take Gianluca Mancini, the comparison is even more clear. Alone the Giallorossi central with 990 minutes played triples the minutes of Fuzato, Kumbulla, passing through Reynolds, Villar, Diawara and Mayoral. Symptom of an obvious rejection that leads the coach to always have to bet on the same men. For Smalling, on the other hand, a separate discussion must be made because it would be part of the technician’s shifts, but the Englishman, arrangement, is not giving the guarantees so far.
Here then is the work of pinto in January it will be a lot. From sales to purchases (at least two) to try to give Mou a squad that, as said on the day of the opening of the Special One, ‘can be up to the coach’. To date, Josè does not seem to see it that way.