The Rome derby didn’t end in the 96th minute. In fact, the referee expelled both Marusic and Cristante after the triple whistle. Tension broke out again on the pitch at the Olimpico while the Biancocelesti celebrated their victory.
The Rome derby didn’t end in the 96th minute. The referee has indeed ejected both Marusic and Cristante after the triple whistle. The party that exploded at the Olimpico following the 1-0 success of Sarri’s team against the Giallorossi, it was marked by new moments of tension. Already during the first half there had been great nervousness in front of the Roma bench because of the spat between a member of Mourinho’s staff and Pedro for a ball not put out by the Spaniard: an unwelcome gesture from the Giallorossi bench.
In the end Massa had to expel both the trainer Marco Ianni among the biancocelesti, and the trainer of the Giallorossi goalkeepers Nuno Santos, protagonist of the heated verbal confrontation with Pedro. Tensions that continued on the pitch between forbidden shots – Zalewski and Cataldi above all – and heated verbal clashes that followed one another especially after the referee’s triple whistle. The television images captured a large number of people including players from Lazio, Rome and men on the bench. Specifically, the nervous reactions of Cataldi and Spinazzola but also Luca Pellegrini and Cristante that almost come to blows.
Massa and his collaborators on the pitch find it hard to calm down the players even if in the end someone pays the price. Marusic and Mancini in fact they almost come to contact, just as they have been there sparks also between the former Luca Pellegrini and Cristante. At the end of the race they will be right Marusic and Cristante to be expelled by the referee for misbehavior. Specifically, what was evident to the home crowd was Spinazzola’s nervousness as he tried to assert himself with Cataldi in a very tough face-to-face with the Lazio captain, perhaps due to something that happened after the end of the match. Subsequently the cameras show Luca Pellegrini’s lips which seem to invite Cristante to calm down. A gesture that seems to make the Roma midfielder even more nervous.
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Again the two seem to go head to head while behind them the tensions between Mancini and Marusicwith the latter being held back with difficulty by the Giallorossi players themselves, they didn’t calm down. An inevitable disciplinary measure ensues by the referee who in view of the future puts Mourinho completely in trouble.
In fact, upon returning after the break, Roma will be deprived of almost the entire defense due to disqualification: Mancini, Ibanez, Kumbulla and also Cristante which at this point could also be adapted in defense as happened in previous seasons. To challenge Sampdoria at this point the Special One will be able to count on only Smalling and he will have to figure out how to complete his own backlog perhaps by falling back on Llorente and a few other players, perhaps a youngster, to make up for this high number of absences in defence.