Abel Balbo discusses Roma’s attacking drought, backs Mourinho

Andy Mattioli

Former Roma attacker Abel Balbo – the Argentinean striker who scored 87 goals in 182 club appearances – spoke about the Giallorossi’s offensive struggles so far this season, the impact of Paulo Dybala and Mourinho’s leadership as key in the upcoming second half of the campaign.

“The idea I got from watching this team so far is that this is a side that struggles and doesn’t play well as a whole so it becomes more difficult for the attackers,” Balbo told Corriere dello Sport.

“Abraham and Belotti are two players that I really like, they are strikers who can score at least 15 goals per season in Italy. Not knowing the internal dynamics it is difficult to make judgements, from the outside I see that the team is struggling to play, they are forwards who depend on the team due to their characteristics.”

“If the team does not play they have very few opportunities, it becomes difficult to be dangerous in front of goal,” Balbo reiterated.

“If we look at individual players, Roma are an excellent team, perhaps not strong enough to win the Scudetto but for example they are stronger than Atalanta. I think Mourinho, who is an extraordinary coach, will be able to find the right remedy. This break is a blessing in disguise, the best thing that could happen right now to understand what’s not working, because it’s clear that there is something not working.”

“Dybala? He is a decisive player, a true champion who always makes the difference. The only issues have been of physical nature – if he’s fine physically, he’s unstoppable.”

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