Three takeaways from Bologna 2-0 AS Roma: Mourinho’s Lukaku-Dybala dependence is a problem…

While AS Roma and Jose Mourinho continue to have problems, Thiago Motta and Bologna keep punching above their weight. Now behind the Rossoblu in the Champions League race, the Giallorossi's dependence on Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku is proving to be an issue.

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Serie A Matchday 16 will go down as another one to forget for AS Roma, but one that will be etched into Bologna‘s memories for a while; the Rossoblu won 2-0 to pull clear of the Giallorossi and stand alone in fourth place in the Serie A table.

While Thiago Motta continues to have his Bologna side punching above their weight and in the Champions League places now, Jose Mourinho and his Giallorossi keep having questions asked of them and appear to take two steps back after every step forward.

Roma have no depth, Mourinho needs signings

AS Roma’s Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku celebrate. [@OfficialASRoma]

After having their worst opening to a Serie A season in recent memory, Jose Mourinho and his Roma side had turned things around somewhat and are still in contention for a Champions League place, should they bounce back from the defeat in Emilia-Romagna. 

But their depth issue showed again in Bologna. With Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku out, the former through injury and the latter suspension, Andrea Belotti and Stephan El Shaarawy started together for the Giallorossi. But they didn’t show signs of doing much. 

Yes, injuries have plagued Roma‘s season, but the lack of quality options has once again cost them. If they don’t add decent players in the winter transfer window, they can expect to struggle in the latter parts of the season. 

Is Renato Sanches’ career stalling?

AS Roma players, including Renato Sanches, applaud. (@ASRomaEN)

Renato Sanches‘ career is a long way from where many might have expected it to be by now when he looked destined for greatness back in 2016.

Since that summer’s European Championship, though, his career has had countless ups and downs. His move to Paris Saint-Germain, following a great spell at Lille, seemed to be him finally reaching the heights expected. Like many who move to the Parc des Prince, things just didn’t work out. 

A loan move to Roma was seen as the perfect way to once again put his career back on track. However, after being taken off just 20 minutes after coming on against Bologna, there is now talk that his loan in the Eternal City might be terminated.

Joshua Zirkzee is more than a goalscorer for Bologna

Bologna forward Joshua Zirkzee. (@BolognaFC1909en)

Joshua Zirkzee‘s goals this year have been a major factor in the Veltri’s incredible season, but he offers so much more than just that. He had an important hand in both of Motta‘s side’s goals against Roma, again highlighting his importance to the team. 

Firstly, his movement to draw the defender away from the middle of the box opened the space for Moro to make a late run into to then finish.

Then, for the second goal of the evening, Zirkzee played a perfect ball for Ferguson to run onto. The Scottish midfielder’s driven centre was then bundled into his own goal by Rasmus Kristensen.  

Under Motta, he is firmly at the best he has ever been. Hence, the interest in him (and his coach), and it doesn’t seem like he will slow down in aiding Bologna’s season soon. 

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