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Italian Cup: Rome-Cremonese, Olimpico sold out


It's up to Belotti, Zaniolo absent. Wijnaldum returns to the group (ANSA)

In the chaos of Zaniolo, Mourinho tries to keep Roma compact in view of the fourth quarter of the Italian Cup with Cremonese in an Olimpico that will still be sold out.

After the elimination of Napoli, the scoreboard smiles at the Giallorossi who, if they continue, would find one between Turin and Fiorentina on the road to the final on May 24th.

The Special One has sensed the opportunity to play the second final in two years after the Conference League one and for this reason the turnover will be minimal.

    There will be forced changes, however, because Spinazzola suffered a first-degree injury to the flexor of his right thigh with Napoli.

Abraham and Matic are in much better condition but the Portuguese could let them rest in view of next Saturday's match against Empoli.

The doubts in Mourinho's head are still numerous and most likely he will dissolve them only close to the match where the certainties of a place, beyond Dybala, seem to be Rui Patricio, two of the three usual central defenders (Mancini and Ibanez) and Cristante who at his side should have Bove.

Smalling could also rest (in place of Kumbulla), while on the outside Celik is ready to return to the right wing with Zalewski again on the left.

On the three-quarters, however,

    In attack it should be Belotti's time who hasn't played a starting match since last November 3, in the Europa League against Ludogorets.

Even in 2023 he has found very little space so far with just 25 minutes and Mourinho's hope is to be able to recover it already with Cremonese despite today the coach also tried the solution with the fast forwards Dybala-El Shaarawy supported by Pellegrini.

    However, it is easier for Gallo to avoid wasting other technical potential after already the case of Nicolò Zaniolo who did not even show up today in Trigoria and for which the club will take disciplinary measures after having already excluded him from the technical project by the will of the Friedkins.

However, good news at Roma came from today's finishing, where Wijnaldum, for the first time since his injury, underwent an entire training session with the rest of his teammates.

    The Dutchman, after the check-up in Amsterdam, was given the go-ahead to return.

Now he just needs to find condition again, for which it will take a couple of weeks with the first minutes on the pitch that he could play in the league match against Lecce or Verona. 

Source: ansa

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