Gladiator Smalling puts a smile on Mourinho’s face as he returns to Rome :: zerozero.pt

It took effort and it took effort, but Roma, managed by José Mourinho, managed to beat recently promoted Cremonese 1-0, with England centre-back Chris Smalling playing the hero, and remain unbeaten this season.

After defeating Salernitana (0-1) on opening day, the Roman team now played their first official game at home and their fans filled the legendary Stadio Olímpico to welcome and support the team. Against the recently promoted Cremonese, Roma clearly took the reins of the game and were the most dangerous team in the match.

With Zaniolo and Dybala playing in support of Abraham, much of the team’s attacking play has gone through this, with the Englishman serving almost as an attacking pivot and both attacking midfielders dedicated to creating and breaking moves , whether for the wings or between the centers. On the other hand, Cremonese was a much simpler and more straightforward process team, which didn’t stop them from putting Rui Patrício to the test. However, even before the end of the 1st half, Mourinho had another crash, with Zaniolo injuring his shoulder – after Wijnaldum’s prolonged injury – changing the dynamic a bit.

In the 2nd half, Cremonese even started to be the most dangerous team and fired the crossbar from Rui Patrício’s goal from the opener, which left Roma sane and the game more balanced for a while . However, the Romans changed the chip from the hour mark and had a great time. Dybala hit the crossbar and left the warning and a few minutes later the goal came, with Chris Smalling coming in at the far post, after a corner kick down the left, to make it 1-0 up.

From then on, the dynamics of the game changed again and Cremonese rose again in the match, pushing Roma closer to the ropes and forcing Rui Patrício to make a series of interventions. The Portuguese goalkeeper was also the big figure of the match since the goal scored and saved his team, who ended up winning 1-0 and adding three additional points.

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