The post-Mourinho era begins in Roma

ROME-. The debut of Daniele De Rossi as a substitute for José Mourinho on the Roma bench will be the great incentive of the weekend on the 21st day of the A series reduced to six games because it coincides with the Italian Super Cup.

Inter Milan, Naples, Fiorentina and Lazio do not play in Serie A this weekend because they are playing this competition in Saudi Arabia. They postponed their respective games to February.

This means that Juventus (2nd), which has four consecutive victories in the championship, can provisionally surpass Inter in the table, which currently has two more points.

The Turin team visit Lecce (13th) on Sunday with that mission: if they win they will have one more point than Inter, a psychological advantage that they do not want to waste.

But if there is one place where all eyes will be directed, it will be the Roma bench at the Olympic Stadium in the capital. Mourinho will no longer be there, fired on Tuesday after two and a half seasons, marked by the title in the 2022 Conference League but also by disappointing results and the controversies that usually accompany the Portuguese coach.

Daniele De Rossi will be the coach of a Roma team with which he played 18 seasons. His debut match will in principle be affordable, at home against Hellas Verona (18th).

“I am convinced that this team can do better. They have excellent players in the squad, they are simply going through a bad streak,” De Rossi estimated.

For its part, AC Milan (3rd), very irregular this season, will try not to fail at the home of Udinese (16th).