The November international break has been and gone, AS Roma returns to the pitch for Serie A action away in Genoa against Andriy Shevchenko Genoa side.
The international break came at the perfect time for Jose Mourinho and his AS Roma side. The performances on the pitch have not been up to standards. Roma, once again, was disappointing in their previous Serie A game away at Venezia. The team from Venice was the better side and Roma were very disjointed in their performance in the second half.
Roma under Jose Mourinho have stagnated over the last month with the performances on the pitch. Games, which the team should win on paper, are failing miserably when they are stepping onto the pitch. It feels like it’s two steps forward and five steps back.
Hopefully, a two-week break from action will do the team and the coach some good, more time spent on the training ground on a tactical set up which should improve the team going forward overall.
The good news is no AS Roma players picked up injuries on this November international break. It has been a horrible curse in months and years gone by. Marash Kumbulla and Lorenzo Pellegrini are back training and could feature on Sunday evening. Chris Smalling is not far away and could feature in the game against Torino the following weekend.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (3-4-2-1)
Rui Patricio, Mancini, Kumbulla, Ibanez, Karsdorp, Veretout, Cristante, El Shaarawy, Zaniolo, Shomurodov, Abraham.
Genoa have had a horrible start to the 2021/22 season. After the twelve rounds of action, Genoa sit just one place above the relegation zone on goal difference which is occupied by city rivals Sampdoria. Between them this season they have won three games, with Sampdoria winning two and Genoa one. Genoa have drawn five out of the twelve games this season taking nine points out of a possible thirty-six to start the season, a sorry start to the campaign.
What is worrying is that Genoa have just won two games all season in all competitions. Both by a 3-2 margin. Genoa defeated Perugia in the first round of the Coppa Italia in August. Their only win in the league this season came away in Sardinia on the third matchday of the season in the first round of action after the September internationals. Mohamed Fares was the hero for Genoa that Sunday afternoon away at Cagliari with two second-half goals.
Since then, Genoa have gone winless in their next nine games drawing six and losing just three. The last three games have all been draws, a 1-1 away draw at Spezia, a 0-0 draw against Venezia, and the last game before the November international break was the 2-2 away draw at Empoli which cost Davide Ballardini his job.
Andriy Shevchenko was announced as the new Genoa manager on the 7th of November just two days after Genoa drew 2-2 at Empoli. Davide Ballardini was relieved of his duties and this was the 4th time in the last 10 and a half years he has been sacked as coach at Genoa.
Shevchenko has signed a deal until June 30th, 2024, and has brought in Mauro Tassotti as his assistant manager. Previously, Andriy Shevchenko was Ukraine’s manager for five years from July 2016 to August 2021. In the summer, he guided Ukraine to the Quarterfinals of Euro 2020 where they were defeated 4-0 by England in Rome.
PREDICTED XI | GENOA (3-4-1-2)
Sirigu, Biraschi, Vasquez, Masiello, Cambiaso, Badelj, Rovella, Sturaro, Galdames, Pandev, Ekuban