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Roma vs. Hellas Verona: Predicted Lineups

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Roma officially enter the post-Jose Mourinho era this weekend when they host Hellas Verona at the Stadio Olimpico in Matchday 20 of the 2023/24 Serie A campaign.

The Special One’s two-and-a-half year stint came to an end on Tuesday after being sacked following Roma’s dismal performance last Sunday in their 3-1 defeat against Milan. Many were surprised by the news given the Giallorossi are still within reach of a Champions League place, but president Dan Friedkin ultimately decided a shake-up was necessary.

Despite Mourinho’s departure, anticipation for Saturday’s affair will still be very high, as supporters eagerly await the debut of his successor: former Roma captain and club legend Daniele De Rossi.

The 40 year-old will officially make his Serie A managerial debut against Marco Baroni’s side—another must-win for the Giallorossi if they hope to overturn the 5-point gap between themselves and fourth-place in the table.

Kick-off is scheduled for 18.00 CET at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Roma

Now officially in charge of his boyhood club, Daniele De Rossi won’t have much time to ease his way into his new role. The Giallorossi have struggled mightily over the past six weeks and lost major ground in their hopes for a top-four league finish.

Although still within reach of fourth-placed Fiorentina, Roma have won only 2 of their previous 7 games in Serie A—their latest occurring almost one full month ago on December 23rd against Napoli.

Like his predecessor, De Rossi will be forced to deal with a host of absences either due to injury, suspension, or the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations and Asia Cup competitions. As a result, he’ll be without Chris Smalling, Tammy Abraham, Sardar Azmoun, Houssem Aouar, Evan Ndicka, and Renato Sanches. Meanwhile, Italian duo Bryan Cristante and Gianluca Mancini will serve their one-match suspensions due to yellow card accumulation.

As for the team’s formation, De Rossi kept coy when asked if he’d alter or stick with Jose Mourinho’s previously preferred 3-5-2 formation.

“I fell in love with this job with [Luciano] Spalletti and then Luis Enrique. These types of coaches, who put lots of men up front and automatically play a four-man defence, made me fall in love, gave me inspiration and my best seasons,” De Rossi revealed during his pre-match press conference.

“However, this team has been playing a three-man defence for years. They were built to play three at the back. We’ll wait until the last minute to decide. We’ve tried both ways. I think you can defend with one set-up and build play with another.”

Adding, “Those changes might be a bit clunky at the start because they don’t come naturally, but it wouldn’t take long to sink into the minds of such experienced players. We’ll see. I might also switch it up during a match or throughout the season. Some matches we might play with three at the back, and others with four. It’s also down to our game plan and who our opponent is.”

Verona

Fully intertwined in a relegation battle, Hellas Verona will be eager to build on the important 2-1 victory they earned last weekend over Empoli. The win lifted them to just one point from safety behind 17th-placed Cagliari.

However, they’ll be tasked with traveling to the Italian capital without their best attacker and leading scorer, Cyril Ngonge. The 23 year-old is set to complete a permanent transfer switch to Napoli—undergoing his medical examinations late Thursday.

Manager Marco Baroni didn’t mince when asked about the impact of the Belgian’s departure just hours ahead of his team’s showdown in the Italian capital.

“It is clear that it is an important loss. We were aware that he was attracting attention on the market, but we also knew that the club would do everything to keep him unless conditions were difficult to ignore,” Baroni told the media.

“These conditions have arisen, so we lose a player who has given a lot, but now I have to focus on the guys I can work with. I assure you that there are the conditions to do well, to continue to grow and fight as we are doing and as we want to do until the end.”

He continued, “Staying united, though, is crucial and the team is doing this more and more. We lost potential from a technical and performance point of view, but not from that of team unity, we must maintain this. What I told to the boys is that they have to maintain our compactness.”

“New opportunities will also open up for some players who have always worked since last summer and are doing well. In Rome we will find a not easy environment, both on and off the pitch, due to of the change on the bench, but from a performance point of view we will have to be good at not making mistakes.”

Predicted Lineups

ROMA (4-3-2-1): Rui Patricio; Karsdorp, Llorente, Huijsen, Spinazzola; Bove, Paredes, Pellegrini; Dybala, El Shaarawy; Lukaku

Unavailable: Tammy Abraham, Evan Ndicka, Renato Sanches, Houssem Aouar, Chris Smalling, Sardar Azmoun

VERONA (4-2-3-1): Montipò; Tchatchoua, Magnani, Dawidowicz, Cabal; Serdar, Suslov; Saponara, Folorunsho, Mboula; Djuric

Unavailable: Darko Lazović, Ondrej Duda

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