After the victory in the Conference we need to raise the bar. The goals for next season are Champions League qualification and a good Europa League. On the market, ideas also lead to Senesi, Dybala and Xhaka
Don’t listen to Mourinho when he says: «I’m sorry for my tired players who now have to go to the national team. I put myself on the beach to look at the sea ». He will return home to Portugal and lie in the sun, but he is already thinking about the next steps so that the great joy of Tirana, which yesterday paralyzed the whole city, is a starting point and not an arrival point.
Before being showered with champagne by its players, in the press conference after the Conference final won against Feyenoord, the Special One was working out the near future: «We didn’t have an adequate squad to reach fourth place. We could have won the Cup and we did it ». Mourinho has always spoken with great respect of the Friedkin family, which has linked him to Rome with a three-year, but he has used and uses the same clarity to say what he likes and what he dislikes. Wednesday night he dissolved in tears, revealing the “tender” part of him, but it is the same Mourinho who, after the humiliation of 1-6 in Norway against Bodo Glimt, sent half the team to the guillotine. Reynolds, Calafiori, Darboe, Diawara, Villar and Mayoral have been sold or have disappeared. The only one rescued was Kumbulla.
Now we need to raise the bar. The goals for next season are to qualify for the Champions League and a good, preferably excellent, Europa League. “I’ll stay for sure next year,” Mou said before the final. Curious temporal reference, given that he is bound by a contract until 2024. Step by step, however, he wants to control the growth of the club. He did not come to Rome to spend the winter and was convinced by the Friedkin plans, from the new stadium owned by the stock exchange that will make market operations more agile.
The Friedkins would keep Mourinho for life, even in a top management role if he wanted to stop coaching or to do it only part-time with the Portugal national team, which he has always seen as the last stage of his career on the bench. In Rome it would be a squared Sir Alex Ferguson. His wins are truly Special. Roma-Feyenoord gathered an average audience of 4,503,000 spectators, with a 22.1% share. On Sky 1,119,000 average spectators (5.9% share) best result of the season for a match including Serie A, Champions and Europa League. In clear, on TV8, 3,304,000 media viewers (16.2% share), the most watched channel of the evening on TV. The presence of Mou, then, is enough to give an international level to everything that Roma does. The photo of the team’s party at the Colosseum (there were at least 100,000 crazy fans along the way) went around the world and is a calling card for sponsors and investors.
Fascinating scenarios, but Mourinho is a pragmatist and his first requests are for the immediate. And they are these: three major purchases, one per department. There are many names, from the concrete ones (Senesi of Feyenoord, Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa, Xhaka of Arsenal) to the not simple ones (Raspadori), from the very difficult ones (Dybala) to the impossible ones (Cristiano Ronaldo). But it also seemed impossible for Mourinho to come to Rome.
The Special One is very secular when it comes to sales. Mkhitaryan can go to Inter and Cristante to Milan, but in case they must be replaced with players of the same level. The work for Tiago Pinto is not lacking, but it will be shared with all the staff. Zaniolo has given himself a European dimension after two years in the pits due to injury. Rui Patricio and especially Abraham show that Rome knows how to buy. Zalewski can be even more enhanced by the World Cup he will play with Poland. Spinazzola is the first purchase for 2022-23. Free.
May 27, 2022 (change May 27, 2022 | 07:25)
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