Jose Mourinho was the main factor for Dybala’s transfer to Roma. They will be serious title contenders for the upcoming season if the Portuguese manager manages to unlock the team’s potential.
Paulo Dybala has switched to Roma after serving seven years at Juventus. The Argentine left Juventus after failing to reach an agreement over a new contract with Juve. At the start of the summer transfer, Dybala was rumored with Inter Milan. His agents received a contract offer, but the salary presented by Inter was once again the problem for the agreement. Inter’s interest cooled down after reaching an agreement with Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku’s loan move.
The 28-year-old’s future looked uncertain with the upcoming World Cup campaign and no concrete interest from any of the top European clubs. Roma pounced on this opportunity and was able to seal the move due to persistence from Jose Mourinho. Mourinho and club legend Totti had called the Argentine several times to make him feel like a priority signing. The player was been contacted by the manager himself, expressing his urge for the transfer. Playing as an inverted forward, he wreaked havoc in his first two seasons at Juventus. Establishing himself as a major goal threat from any position on the field. His long range of passing and various skillsets combined with ruthless finishing caught everyone’s attention.
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Mourinho is known for his second-season wonder as he has achieved a lot of trophies in his second year for every club he managed. In his first season at Roma, he won them the inaugural UEFA Conference League trophy, Roma’s first ever European trophy. Roma had signed Rui Patricio and Tammy Abraham in the first season, as they had a breakthrough for Italy. Roma’s success in Europe convinced the Roma chiefs, for new signings that Mourinho needs. Roma has already made four signings in this window as they prepare for squad depth. Dybala is the fourth signing after the arrivals of Nemanja Matic, Mile Svilar and Zeki Celik.
But after Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, Dybala faced a lack of game time through injuries and a change in tactical setup. With a lack of minutes over the last three seasons, his rhythm and form have dipped. The coach had the idea of playing Dybala as a second fiddle to Ronaldo. This tactic didn’t work as he faced endless serious injuries didn’t help either. However, Mourinho’s system could bring the best out of him. Not many players in the current era play the second striker role.
Mourinho has always had two main attacking players who could easily tear apart defences. At Chelsea, he had Drogba and Lampard, then Ozil and CR7 at Madrid, Rooney and Zlatan at Man United and Son and Harry Kane at Spurs. The Portuguese mastermind must’ve explained the shadow striker role Dybala could play at Roma. Last season he scored ten goals and got five assists due to inconsistent run of games. If fit, the Argentine can score atleast 20 goals this season. Stay tuned at TheSportsWay for more updates.