Mourinho tempted to rely on Cristante in defence vs Helsinki

Tonight’s starting eleven for Roma’s second Europa League fixture of the season could feature several changes. According to Corriere dello Sport, Jose Mourinho is likely to rest some defenders ahead of the crucial big match with Atalanta before the international break.

The Italian newspaper claims that the Portuguese manager is evaluating the possibility of inserting Bryan Cristante in the defence, thus replacing Chris Smalling who will sit on the bench given his extensive minutes over the past few weeks.

Cristante already played as a centre-back with former manager Paulo Fonseca and represents a valid alternative in emergency situations.

Lorenzo Pellegrini, as a result, will likely to drop into the midfield pivot with either Nemanja Matic or Mady Camara.

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