Capello Expects Roma Attack to Upset Serie A Hierarchy

Former Roma and Milan manager Fabio Capello believes José Mourinho’s outfit are stacked in attack after the arrival of Argentine playmaker Paulo Dybala. He thinks the transfer move could alter the hierarchies among the dominant Serie A teams.

Speaking to Sky (via AmoRoma), the five-time Scudetto winning managerial icon shed thoughts on the attacking options at Mourinho’s disposal once the new seasons start.

“Roma’s attack is perhaps the most intriguing, because we are faced with a project that could change the hierarchies among the great Serie A teams. They have become a very important competitor, they have moved very well on the market. Everything is inspired by the deal involving Dybala, which could lead to the leap in quality that everyone expects from them.”

Capello praised Tammy Abraham for the effort he has put in to settle in Italy, with the Englishman having scored 27 goals in 53 appearances in his debut season outside the Premier League.

“The Giallorossi can take advantage of an already valid backbone, they do not start from scratch. Let’s take Abraham for example – a modern striker who has grown a lot in Italy. The Englishman is a generous, instinctive striker who has the courage to try plays that others don’t even dare to imagine.”

He then commented keeping both Dybala and Abraham in mind as starters.

“Now Mourinho wants Dybala to play alongside of him, someone who can always come up with something brilliant and inventive in the last third of the pitch, the classic man who makes the final pass. For someone already enterprising like Abraham it will be a huge help. And so Mourinho will have more options up front. Let’s try to line up Abraham and Dybala as starters, then let’s think.”

The supporting cast is likely to be completed with the presence of fan favorite Lorenzo Pellegrini, along with perhaps even Juventus target Nicolo Zaniolo – if he stays put.

“Pellegrini can’t help but play, for depth and personality. And if Zaniolo understands what he has to do, he deserves a place, too. There is therefore an attacking abundance among the Giallorossi: compared to their rivals, they have the most inventiveness of all at their disposal. In terms of quality and imagination, Roma can certainly be compared to the new Juve.”