Roma striker Tammy Abraham and coach José Mourinho continue to attract criticism even during the World Cup break after a disappointing 0-0 draw against Nagoya Grampus.
The Giallorossi are in the middle of a friendly tournée in Japan which saw them face Nagoya Grampus on Friday. Roger Ibanez hit the crossbar in the second half, but that was the only goal-scoring opportunity created by Roma during the match.
Tammy Abraham played for the entire match but failed to impress and didn’t even register a shot on target in the first half.
The England international was not called up by Gareth Southgate for the World Cup in Qatar due to his poor goal-scoring record in the first part of the campaign, where he has only bagged four goals in 21 appearances.
Today’s edition of La Gazzetta Dello Sport analyses Abraham’s performance saying that the ex-Chelsea forward looked not motivated as he had also announced when Roma arrived in Japan.
“I’m not so anxious to play again, I’ll enjoy the World Cup and train for January,” he said at a press conference.
Gazzetta also criticises Mourinho as Roma’s playing style looks too predictable, and the team has not been prolific enough. They scored 18 goals in 15 Serie A games and 11 in six Europa League matches.
Roma struggle to cope without Paulo Dybala and haven’t yet used Gini Wijnaldum who suffered an ankle injury in the summer, weeks after his loan move from PSG.
However, the pink paper warns that the pair won’t solve all Roma’s problems in January, so Mourinho must find different tactical solutions to keep their top-four finish hopes alive.