La Joya, making her debut in the Capitoline challenge, is looking for the Europe that counts to cancel the clause and secure its future
The evolution of the species is already lurking. It is well known that Napoleon Bonaparte preferred good generals to lucky ones but, if we move to football, having someone like Paulo Dybala available for the Rome derby means having both options available, because Joya has been in Italy since never lost a derby. Moral: in addition to being a talisman, the Argentine striker also has a singing left foot. Which, playing for the first time as a Giallorossi against Lazio, could be the keystone of a match that for José Mourinho’s team has the flavor of a comeback and revenge.
On a mission for Mou
Needless to hide it: Dybala is the man on a mission on behalf of the Special One. He is the team’s scorer, the man capable of scoring even from outside the area, as demonstrated by the 29 goals he has scored since he has been in Italy (and in this period no one has done better than him by kicking from over sixteen metres), the one who knows how to ignite the imagination. And that the Biancoceleste team is right to fear him can also be understood from his historical “score”. In fact, the former Juventus player has already scored seven league goals against today’s opponents. In short, the dream of every Roma fan is for Dybala to reach double digits in league goals on the most awaited day. And for the Argentine it would be the seventh time since he has been in Italy. It is not enough. Given that the yellow and red team probably has its best weapon for scoring goals in set pieces, no one in Rome knows how to take corners, cross from the trocar and take free kicks like Paulo. Because football, even if sometimes we tend to forget it, is above all a matter of technique. And in Italy few are at the level of Joya.
The future at stake
The delicacy of the match, also given the gap from Lazio, is out of the question. But it is obvious that the result at the end of the season will affect the future of many. If the Mourinho question stems from the personal relationship between the Portuguese coach and the Friedkin family, Joya will also be called upon to make an assessment. That he is doing well in Rome is clear to everyone, but despite him having won the World Cup – that is, the maximum that a footballer can aspire to – his hunger for success has not yet subsided. The ambition, in some ways, remains the one that made him leave Argentina as a boy to go on to conquer Europe and therefore it’s up to the Giallorossi club to satisfy it in the best possible way. Of course, the termination clause exists, and weighs 20 million for Italy and 12 for abroad. As is known, however, it can be anesthetized by increasing his salary from 4.5 million to 6 million per season, but it is natural that there must also be full satisfaction of the parties behind it. One thing is certain: Dybala has discovered an affection of yellow and red cheer towards him that is almost as good as a blank cheque, and this starting from the day of his presentation at the Eur Square Colosseum, which has been around the world in the media . It’s easy to think that Mourinho’s permanence is a guarantee for a Rome that is increasingly projected towards the other, but this doesn’t mean that the eventual farewell of the Special One would also mean a safe divorce from Joya. As always, it will be a matter of projects, but from this point of view the Friedkins – without going outside the parameters – are a guarantee. Come to think of it, just like Dybala.
March 19, 2023 (change March 19, 2023 | 09:11)
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