Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he wants to create unity and consistency in the locker room. With the Conference league in sight, the Portuguese technician is expected to make a few changes while also maintaining balance in terms of quality and experience on the pitch.
According to Corriere della Sera, the Special One will rest a number of key players in today’s clash vs CSKA Sofia at the Olimpico: Matías Viña, Jordan Veretout and Henrikh Mikhitaryan, who were all away on international duty, will be on the bench tonight.
In their place, Riccardo Calafiori, Amadou Diawara and El Shaarawy will feature respectively. Nicolo Zaniolo is also likely to start from the bench with Carles Perez taking his starting spot.
Eldor Shomurodov is expected to replace Tammy Abraham and lead the attack.
Moreover, tonight’s starting center-back partnership should end up being Smalling-Maninci, with Ibañez slotting into the right-back position instead of Rick Karsdorp.