“Roma is in third place? What if Juventus has 59 points? We are in Italy. So for me, Roma is still only fourth,” coach Jose Mourinho said after the win against Torino.
“Special person” mocked Juventus when the Turin team was deducted 15 points this season for violating financial regulations. Juventus is only 45 points and falls to the middle of the rankings, thereby opening up a great opportunity for Roma to enter the Champions League group of 2023/24.
Contrary to fan expectations, Roma needed less than 10 minutes to penetrate Torino’s highly-rated defence. In the 8th minute, center back Perr Schuurs let the ball touch his hand after Ola Solbakken’s shot. The referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot. Paulo Dybala stepped up and made no mistake to open the scoring. The Argentine striker scored in the second consecutive match in Serie A and has contributed to 22 goals in all competitions for the capital team.
Dybala’s successful penalty kick was also the only time Roma put the ball on target for 90 minutes. After having the advantage, “Giallorossi” retreated deep into the formation to defend. Torino was given the game, but could not find a way to penetrate the solid “wall” in front of Rui Patricio’s goal.
Roma won 3 points and preserved the fitness for key players. On April 13, Mourinho’s teachers and students will enter the quarter-finals of the Europa League first leg against Feyenoord away.
Tuan Nguyen | 05:43 09/04/2023