AS Roma and Copa Italy eliminated after losing the last place in the “Great Change” league.
Mourinho’s second-year magic of ’60th’ also seems to be struggling.
At 2 a.m. on the 2nd, AS Roma lost 1-2 to Cremonese in the 2022-23 Copa Italy quarterfinals at Stadio Olympico in Rome, Italy.
With both sides running three backs, Rome formed a 3-4-2-1 formation and Cremonese formed a low 3-5-2 formation centered on counterattacks.
However, the characteristic of the Roman defense, the ‘slow feet’, caught Rome’s back on the day. In the 25th minute of the first half, center back Marash Kumbula, who made a back pass trapping mistake, lost the ball to his opponent.
Slow-footed Kumbula never caught up with Cremonese striker Siriel Desus, who sprinted near the half-line. In the end, Desus scored a penalty in a 1–1 win over the goalkeeper and took a 1–0 lead.
Rome also produced a scene in the third minute of the second half without much difference. None of the Roman defenders caught up with their opponents at speed. Neither shooting nor passing could have been a check.
Cremonese winger David Oreteke, who broke through the right, sent a pass to the center, which midfielder Charles Fiquel finished, widening the gap to 2-0. However, it was recognized that the ball was caught in the foot of Roman wingback Zeki Selik during the final scoring process, and it was recorded as his own goal.
Roma recovered one goal only just before the end of the second half with Bellotti’s volley. But that’s it. The referee inadvertently announced the end of the extra time. 사설토토
“We only have 24 hours of rest,” Mourinho said in an interview with Napoli, the previous game, already saying his weakness. To win at least, they had to lower the line or deploy a dedicated holding midfielder who could supplement the defense to eliminate the physical burden. But Rome’s defeat, which was not prepared for anything, was natural.
With the defeat, Roma lost two consecutive games, neither profit nor result. With the match against Empoli scheduled at 2 a.m. on the 5th, Rome is in a situation where it has to recover both the atmosphere and physical strength that fell to the ground.