Chris Smalling earns first time captain’s armband in Sassuolo clash

With only minutes away from kick-off to today’s clash between Roma and Sassuolo at the Stadio Olimpico, Jose Mourinho made changes to his starting eleven.

The likes of Paulo Dybala and Gianluca Mancini have been left on the bench, with Bryan Cristante also out due to suspension.

In their place, Chris Smalling is expected to wear the captain’s armband for the first time.



The Englishman is in talks to sign a new long-term deal with the club and this could reaffirm his ties with the club for years to come.