Jose Mourinho will be seeking revenge on Thursday evening with AS Roma back at home under the lights in the Italian capital against Norwegian league leaders Bodo/Glimt.
We will always remember that the Norwegian side won the first game between the two on matchday three in very convincing style winning 6-1 sending shockwaves through Europe.
Sunday’s performance against AC Milan at home was disappointing, for 70 minutes until Theo Hernandez was sent off AC Milan were in complete control and at times it was men against boys. Roma could not get near Stefano Pioli‘s side and struggled to stamp their authority on the game.
When Theo Hernandez was sent off (wrongly), Fabio Maresca missed a foul in the build-up to Roma attack, it changed the complexion of the game. Roma switched to a back three in the second to combat Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co, which worked after the red card. It took until the third minute of stoppage time as Stephan El Shaarawy swept home from close range. It was not enough as AC Milan held out after a siege of AS Roma attacks.
Safe to say the performance from Fabio Maresca was appalling, the referee is now under scrutiny and looks to be suspended from this weekend’s round of action in Serie A. There was no consistency in the pattern of play, and it was really frustrating to see. There were two big penalty incidents with Roger Ibanez‘s foul on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Simon Kjaer on Lorenzo Pellegrini. One was given and the other penalty was not. The same foul from Kjaer was likened to Denziel Dumfries‘s foul on Alex Sandro a week earlier in the Inter Milan-Juventus game where Juventus was awarded a penalty. As a fan of Serie A and AS Roma, all I want is consistency from referees, especially this season, but I am not holding my breath.
Another disappointing performance once again against a top side in Serie A, only picked up one point from twelve against Lazio, Juventus, Napoli, and now AC Milan this season. This is turning into a big concern going into the winter months. It feels the problems that spanned Paolo Fonseca’s reign in Roma are the same problems that Jose Mourinho will have this season. This has been a problem for a couple of years now and it has hindered the club that time, big points dropped against the top sides in Serie A have cost the club dearly and we are seeing a pattern emerging now in Jose Mourinho tenure. Roma fans are noticing this, it is a massive problem that needs to be sorted.
Lorenzo Pellegrini will miss the game on Thursday due to an inflammation of the knee, his right knee has been heavily strapped up in recent weeks. The four that has been on the naughty step in Bryan Reynolds, Borja Mayoral, Amadou Diawara, and Gonzalo Villar are expected to miss out, this would have been the perfect time to re-introduce the four players out from the cold back into the warmth, but I do not envisage them being in Jose Mourinho good books at this current time.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (4-2-3-1)
Rui Patricio, Karsdorp, Kumbulla, Ibanez, Calafiori, Darboe, Cristante, Perez, Afena-Gyan, El Shaarawy, Shomurodov.
Bodo/Glimt are the visitors to Rome and they laid down a marker in the first game between the two sides on matchday three. An unbelievable 6-1 home win that was not expected.
Bodo/Glimt are now comfortably sitting top of the Norwegian Eliteserien table, 25 games played they have opened up a 7-point gap on second place Molde. The two sides met each other in the Eliteserien on matchday 24. Bodo/Glimt travelled to Molde and picked up a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Hugo Vetlesen and Ola Solbakken. Just a few days before hand on matchday 23 and a few days after the demolition of Roma, Bodo/Glimt drew 1-1 Stromsgodset. In the previous round of action in Norway, on matchday 25, Bodo/Glimt picked up a 1-0 win over Sandefjord.
A second successive Eliteserien league title is on the horizon with just five games remaining and a seven-point gap ahead of second-place Molde. The title could be staying up in the north of Norway for another season.
PREDICTED XI | BODO/GLIMT (4-3-3)
Haikin, Sampsted, Moe, Lode, Bjorkan, Hagen, Konradsen, Vetlesen, Solbakken, Pellegrino, Botheim