‘Manita’ Roma al Raja, now Mou is waiting for Abraham

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A good first for Mourinho at the Olimpico. In the last friendly test before the start of the season, the Giallorossi beat Raja Casablanca 5-0 and the Special One performs real Rome tests, except for Pellegrini who had only one training on his legs after the stop of a couple of days for a contusion in the right thigh. For the rest there are no surprises with Rui Patricio in goal and the defense made up of Karsdorp, Mancini, Smalling and Vina. In the middle Cristante and Veretout, while on the trocar space for Zaniolo, Mkhitaryan and El Shaarawy with Shomurodov as the first tip. The first news, however, is represented by the fans, 538 days after the last time the Roma fans returned to the Olimpico for a game of the Giallorossi. The Government has in fact given the ok to reopen the outdoor facilities to 50% with checkerboard mode (one seat yes and one no) and on a possible capacity of 32 thousand spectators, twelve thousand responded, all with Green Pass. Shortly before the kick-off there was also space for the presentation of the team with plays of lights and smoke around the pitch and a real roar that accompanied the announcement of the Giallorossi coach on the pitch. The first few bars of the match, however, see the Giallorossi struggling to find balance with Rui Patricio called to save the result. As the minutes went by, Roma took the measures of the Moroccans and at 17 ‘Shomurodov scored his second goal in as many friendlies for the 1-0. Not even three minutes and the Giallorossi double with Mancini (captain tonight) on a free kick beaten by Mkhitaryan who at the beginning of the second half also finds the 3-0 header goal, while almost at the end Carles Perez and Mayoral close the match at 5-0 . Debut for Vina who plays sixty minutes, as well as Zaniolo who returns to play a match at the Olimpico after the last one was on July 26, 2020 against Fiorentina in the league. At game time Mourinho changes six (Ibanez, Kumbulla, Fuzato, Diawara, Borja Mayoral, Zalewski, Calafiori enter) and at the same time the official farewell of Dzeko arrives. “The club acknowledges the player’s willingness to continue elsewhere” reads the cold Giallorossi communiqué that greets the Bosnian nine. Now Mourinho expects the gifts that are missing from the market. And if the Friedkins were present at the stadium, the same could not be said of Tiago Pinto, in London to try to convince Tammy Abraham to marry the Giallorossi project. Steps forward compared to recent days have been made and in Trigoria there is a cautious optimism for the closure of the deal that would bring the Chelsea center forward to the capital for a total amount of 40-45 million plus another 5 to the player until 2026.