When football will restart, many clubs will be implementing strategies to make their business more efficient. Roma may focus on consolidation.
Experts and many of those currently working in this wonderful sport are predicting that football will be very different after the Coronavirus crisis is over. Some wonder why…
- A few clubs are implementing a necessary salary cut in order to mitigate their financial losses. The leading Italian football powerhouse Juventus has reached an agreement with the players and the coach of the First Team regarding their compensation for the rest of the current season. Reportedly, the salary reduction will impact the monthly payments of March, April, May, and June 2020 with positive economic effects of €90 million. A necessary decision that predictably will be implemented by many other teams. Interviewed by ANSA, the president of the Italian Football Federation Gabriele Gravina praised the Bianconeri for their decision. The president of the Italian Footballers’ Association and former Roma midfielder Damiano Tommasi stated: “We are available to do our part. But first, we need to understand if we will resume playing or not.”
- Football is on the verge of a historic change. Transfer market experts and managers believe the players’ price-tag will be lower starting from the next transfer window. It’s a matter of sustainability of a system that is suffering from a drastic reduction in revenues. If the European leagues will not end the 2019-20 campaign, clubs may have less liquidity to pour in the transfer market. Roma’s best option may be to focus on consolidation.
- The Giallorossi need to strengthen Fonseca’s roster, a group that has shown some weaknesses this season. The Portuguese coach may be happy to work with the same players for another year to refine the tactical details of his football. But Roma’s defense may change drastically. Gianluca Mancini seems to be the only player who will surely lead the defense next season. The Giallorossi are reportedly working on finalizing Chris Smalling‘s acquisition. Roger Ibanez and Mert Cetin should stay in the Italian capital as well. But the future of Juan Jesus, Federico Fazio, Alessandro Florenzi, Bruno Peres, and Davide Santon close to the Colosseum is uncertain.
The meaning of consolidation is “the action or process of making something stronger or more solid.” Roma will try to solidify its defense with the hope of lowering costs. A wise choice in an extremely difficult period for the world and obviously for football.
There are several talented players ready to blossom in Paulo Fonseca‘s group. If Roma’s executives will be able to consolidate the roster perhaps confirming Smalling and Mkhitaryan and possibly bringing Patrik Schick and Stephen El Shaarawy back to the Eternal City, the Lupi could overcome this difficult moment even playing a truly competitive team next season.