Mourinho to continue using Bryan Cristante in defense

Andy Mattioli

Jose Mourinho is eagerly awaiting the return of all players involved in international duty.

Later today, Roma will hold their first complete group training session ahead of the upcoming Serie A affair with Monza.

Despite expectations of their imminent recovery for this weekend’s fixture, Chris Smalling and Diego Llorente are still out, nursing their respective injuries.

As a result, Il Corriere della Sera reports that Mourinho will continue relying on Bryan Cristante to play in the defense alongside Evan Ndicka and Gianluca Mancini.

The midfielder’s versatility allowed Roma to start Edoardo Bove in the midfield, granting the Giallorossi an effective pairing with Leandro Paredes in the middle of the pitch.