Mourinho explains how he will deal with Roma’s midfield headache

Sat 27 November 2021 | 19:37

AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho says he may start Gianluca Mancini against Torino on Sunday as he does not have three key players in midfield at his disposal.

José Mourinho



return to league action tomorrow evening as they host 12th-placed


at the Stadio Olimpico.

“It is easy to understand that Torino defend well and with their own style,”

Mourinho said


“They are a good example defensively and it is not easy. Looking at the numbers, they do not concede goals or opportunities. We will have to make a good offensive performance to score goals.”

Gonzalo Villar


Bryan Cristante

will miss the game as they both tested positive for COVID-19, while

Jordan Veretout

is out after earning his fifth yellow card.

During his pre-match press conference earlier today, Mourinho was asked about the midfield absences. The Portuguese technician acknowledged that the situation is challenging.

“The situation in defense has improved, but with Cristante and Villar positive for COVID, so the problem is now in midfield. We are missing three players, two are regular starters and one is a quality option,”




The former


coach reveals

Gianluca Mancini

may play tomorrow.

“It could be, also because four center-backs are available,”

the Special One said


“Somebody will sacrifice if it’s required. Ibanez has already played at left-back. If Mancini has to play in midfield, he’ll do it.

“There are impossible things to do, like to play Zaniolo as a full-back or Vina as a striker.

“But there are players like Mkhitaryan, Mancini and Ibanez who are versatile. It’s important to have these players in the team.”

source: SportMob

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