Lame-duck coach? ✔️
Numerous key players injured? ✔️
Four-goal aggregate deficit? ✔️
Yep, as you’ve figured out by now the odds are stacked for Roma heading into the second leg of its Europa League semifinal against Manchester United. After capitulating in the second half at Old Trafford and falling to Manchester United 6-2—losing three key players in the process—the Giallorossi will need a miracle at the Olimpico.
Paulo Fonseca, who is out of a job at the end of the season, will have to find a way to motivate his injury-depleted side to at least keep things respectable. Roma enters this one without Jordan Veretout, Leonardo Spinazzola, and Pau Lopez who were injured last Thursday. Meanwhile, Amadou Diawara pulled out of today’s training. Additionally, Riccardo Calafiori, Stephan El Shaarawy, Carles Perez, Max Kumbulla, and Pedro are all likely unfit to make the squad.
With that in mind, Antonio Mirante will likely start in goal. He will be behind a defense of Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, and Roger Ibañez.
Bryan Cristante will likely slide into the midfield to cover the absences of Veretout and Diawara. The Italian will flank Gonzalo Villar. Playing wide of them on the wings will be Bruno Peres and Rick Karsdorp.
Moving into the attack, Edin Dzeko is likely to start. Lorenzo Pellegrini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will play in support of the Bosnian.