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Across the Romaverse Podcast, #61: Pellegrini Celebrates Contract Extension With Victory Over Empoli

It was a solid performance for the Giallorossi as their newly extended captain led the way.

AS Roma v Empoli Calcio - Serie A Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images

We all knew that there would be growing pains for the Giallorossi under the tutelage of José Mourinho. Despite the Special One being an expert tactician, Roma has one of the youngest rosters in Serie A. So, losing a match the way Roma did last weekend against Lazio shouldn’t be a huge surprise. However, the key for a developing side like the Giallorossi is how it responds to setbacks.

That mental aspect of the game is one of the reasons Mourinho was brought in to fix what’s seemed like an organizational issue for years now. And both times that Roma has lost this season, Mourinho’s side has bounced back with a clean sheet victory to get things back on track.

In this episode, we break down Roma’s victory over a tough Empoli side, which should have the players feeling better about themselves heading into an international break. We specifically look at the attack, which continues to be dynamic with the likes of Lorenzo Pellegrini, Tammy Abraham, Nicolo Zaniolo, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. We discuss Ebrima Darboe’s seasonal league debut, dissect Zaniolo’s best position, and look ahead to a big stretch coming up after the break and make bold predictions.

So, give us a listen and let us know your thoughts below and on Twitter. Plus, next week we plan on recording a mega listener Q&A for the first time in a while, so get those questions ready to fire at us. And thanks as always for listening.

Episode Details

  • Intro & Match Background (0:15)
  • Match Breakdown (6:30ish)
  • Key Takeaways (22:15)
  • Looking Ahead (54:15)

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