UDINE – It’s hard to understand, let alone explain. What we had seen of the Rome before discovering the other side in Udine? The team that was getting used to conceding little or nothing to all opponents, which had only conceded one goal from a free-kick in the first four days, suddenly melted away without being able to limit the damage. The mistakes of Karsdorp and Rui Patricio, decisive in the first two goals, are not enough to tell an absurd game in which only Dybala And Matic, coincidentally, two new players seemed to rise to the occasion. In the changing rooms the disappointment is enormous. Not surprisingly, no one commented on the debacle in front of the press. An unusual fact for Rome, which evidently wants to rearrange ideas rather than say banality.
Udinese-Rome, the slow motion
The most worrying situation, however, involves Tammy Abraham. And shoulder injury, which fortunately doesn’t seem serious, has nothing to do with it. The truth is that Abraham has not yet returned the center forward from last season. The signs had been sensed in the first weeks, despite the important goal scored at the Juventus, and they manifested themselves in all their rawness at the Dacia Arena. The hope of him is that Gareth Southgate, sitting in the stands to observe him and Smalling in view of the World Cup, did not consider yesterday’s test conclusive. Otherwise, the race in the national team would become more complicated.
In the first half, as the only striker, he struggled to shake off the Udinese defenders, so much so that he chose to come often to get the balls on the frontline, very far from the goal. In the second then he had to play as second striker, to assist Belotti, turning even further away from the penalty area. In total he only touched 24 balls. And he didn’t put any of them to good use. It can’t just be his fault, of course. It is the team as a whole that has missed the game. But Abraham has to do more, like the mentor Mourinho stressed after the draw in Turin.
TOWARDS THE CUP
Roma returned in the night to prepare debut in the Europa League. The fans – there were many in Friuli – continued to sing even after the end, applauded by the players who thanked them from the pitch. Their trust will not fail for a single reverse, albeit painful. But now Mourinho, with so many injuries, must set up a valid formation for the trip to Bulgaria against Ludogorets. Just Abraham could initially rest, granting the first as a starter to Belotti. Then discounted the alternations on the flanks, with Celik and Zalewski ready to replace the bad ones Karsdorp And Spinazzola of this period. But there should also be room for Mady Camara, who had her Serie A debut in Udine: he entered into compromised games, so he will have to be reviewed in different situations, but in those few minutes he confirmed the characteristics that had attracted Roma. He is a dynamic, fast-paced midfielder with a good personality. To make room for him in Razgrad would be one of Cristante and Matic. Finally, pay attention to the ballot in goal: not for yesterday’s mistake but in the cup Rui Patricio should rest. In this case, it would be the debut for the second Svilar.
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