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Conference League: Rome ready for Vitesse, Mourinho fears the pitch

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Before the Olimpico, now the GelreDome. Josè Mourinho does not seem to find peace and on the eve of the challenge with Vitesse the alarm raised by the Special One is one of those who make noise. “The pitch is not a football pitch. I don’t understand how to play. It is in deplorable conditions, it reminded me of the criticisms I made at the Olimpico in September. It is a dangerous field for the players” is the accusation sent by the Portuguese less than 24 hours from the match that will see the stadium sold out and with one thousand and two hundred Roma fans in tow for what is the first round of the second round of the Conference League.
Conditions, those of the pitch, which the Special One did not expect, but which in any case did not take away his smile if not for a few seconds. Excluding Spinazzola, in fact, the group is complete. Zalewski also recovered who on Saturday against Atalanta had been forced to leave due to a sprained left ankle. Nothing serious, in truth, because in the following days there was no need for further checks and on the day of finishing the former Primavera returned to the group and then left with the rest of the team. The young Keramitsis has also joined the squad and with this group Mourinho will return to the capital only on Sunday evening because after the challenge with Vitesse, Roma will move directly to Udine without going back to Trigoria to avoid wasting further energy in hectic days and with many close engagements.
However, it is wrong to think of turnover. “Some evaluation will be made only on the basis of the players’ medical history and in relation to fatigue” explained the Special One.
So surely Kumbulla and Mkhitaryan will play, who will rest on Sunday due to the disqualification, while behind Ibanez he could give Smalling a round of rest.
Oliveira and Maitland-Niles also could have a new chance from the first minute, while overtime is expected for Abraham in attack. Regardless of the changes, however, optimism filters out from Mourinho. “What we hear from the inside is that they are all in great shape – continued the Portuguese -.
The last race was one of the few where we had five substitutions and for the first time we had a quality bench. Today we have a strong, united squad. At the moment I’m happy with the players, we can’t talk about turnover “.
Also because the objectives are clear and Karsdorp outlined them at the conference. “We have to try to finish fourth and win the Conference League.”

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