With a success in Cremona, the Giallorossi would hook Inter and Milan on 47 points. The last time it happened was six years ago
A path on which, just a few weeks ago, few would have bet. Three months from the end of the season however, José Mourinho’s Roma can secure the second place. In fact, by beating Cremonese tomorrow night at the Zini, the Giallorossi would join Inter and Milan on the second step of the podium – at 47 points – increasing the gap in the standings over Lazio (who, however, plays tonight) and Atalanta. Clearly it would be a symbolic goal, given that there are still 14 games left at the end of the championship, but useful for providing the thermometer of the progress of the team trained by Special One compared to the last few seasons. In case of success against Ballardini’s men, Pellegrini and his companions would return to occupy second place after almost 6 years. The last time Roma had pushed this high in the standings – on the twenty-fourth matchday – they were led by Luciano Spalletti, with Dzeko, Nainggolan and Salah in the role of ferrymen towards qualification for the Champions League, which arrived after having totaled points record in Roma history (87) at the end of the 2016-17 season. However, the squad available to the Tuscan could boast a higher technical level than the group trained by Special One (thanks to players of the caliber of Alisson, De Rossi, Totti, Rudiger, Nainggolan, Salah and Dzeko). That’s why the path followed by Mourinho’s team up to now should be considered anything but obvious.
Even for Mourinho, grabbing second place would have a particularly special meaning. Despite even occupying first place with Roma – this year after 4 matches with Atalanta and last season after 3 matches with Milan and Napoli – to go back to the last time the Portuguese found himself second in the standings this point in the championship must go back to January 2018, when Mou occupied the Manchester United bench. Now, after 5 years, it could happen again. Provided you can beat Cremonese. The same team that eliminated Roma from the Italian Cup less than a month ago.
February 27, 2023 (change February 27, 2023 | 2:46 pm)
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