Front clerk proved to be lucid under the door and invaluable in supporting his team mates: “I like this role. I can play in all offensive positions”
For heaven’s sake, we are convinced that – no matter how big his ego may be – not even Nicolò Zaniolo would like to compare himself to Bill Gates (at least for the moment), but in light of how the daily life around him is changing, it is possible that he can subscribe to the sentence of the genius (first) and tycoon (later) from the United States: “If today I go to bed having not done anything new compared to yesterday, then it was a wasted day”. Here, the risk for the Giallorossi idol – at the applausometer is the only one (with Pellegrini) who can compete with Mourinho – it just doesn’t seem to exist. The new life, in fact, is approaching, because the performance he pulled out of the hat against Zorya is one that pushes José Mourinho to rewrite the attacking hierarchies. And so now the Fated is in the fast lane with respect to Shomurodov as a partner of a rising Abraham.
The goal found
It goes without saying that the goal is a kind of drug for those looking for it, so having found it again on Thursday after three months of absence – the last one was scored, again in the Conference League, against Trazbonspor – is an excellent viaticum for Zaniolo in view of the tomorrow’s match against Torino. In the Olimpico match, the Special One should confirm, forcibly, the 3-4-1-2 hoping to recover Cristante – who today could be negativized – or Viña. Nicolò, however, is ready to play again as a pure striker. A new role, if you like, because the only time he really did it was in Mancini’s national team, for a few minutes, in the away match against Switzerland. The use, however, had been significantly different, because in the 4-3-3 jousting as a fake striker, with his back to the goal, did not seem to be in his ropes. Different speech, however, playing in tandem with Abraham, who is in front of him to do the “dirty work”, allowing him to play with the goal in front and producing those devastated accelerations that characterized him. It is not enough. In that position, then, he is spared those forty-meter folds that often detract from the sills and finishings. It is no coincidence, in fact, that against Zorya he also proved skilled in serving his companions.
With these premises, it is obvious that Nicolò is ready to give all possible availability. “I can play in all offensive positions – he said – so also as a striker because I am at the complete disposal of the team. The two benches in a row (against Venice and Genoa, ed) made me reflect. I accepted. I live under pressure, I like to be under pressure and I like to respond on the pitch. Mourinho taught me not to be satisfied with a good performance. We must always ask ourselves for the best. And work on us. ” It is logical that, with the good wind in the sails obtained from the round victory against the Ukrainians, the Special One himself was more empathetic. “Nicolò has great potential, but he has a lot to learn from a tactical point of view and behavior on the pitch. He has talent and must be aware of it even when things are not going well, without forgetting one thing that is very important to me: the emotional scar that he has had due to injuries “. At the end of the road, however, Zaniolo’s new life could have positive repercussions not only in Rome. “Roberto Mancini will be happy if we manage to give him a Zaniolo that will be useful for the national team,” said Mourinho. If the “genetic mutation” is totally successful, Italy could also thank Mourinho in the hunt for the World Cup.
November 27, 2021 (change November 27, 2021 | 08:31)
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