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Europa Conference League Final: Roma v Feyernoord

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The inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League final will see Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma will take on Feyenoord in the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League final at Tirana’s National Arena in Albania. The winners will automatically qualify for the 2022/23 Europa League group stage, unless they reach the Champions League pool stages next season.

The Albanian federation has announced that both sets of fans are enthusiastic about reaching the Conference League final as they have seena considerable spike in flights from Italy and the Netherlands.

Kejdi Tomorri, head of the Albanian football federation, spoke to Top Channel said:

“The initial forecasts were not so high, but we contacted yesterday UEFA delegates: 60-70 thousand people are expected to arrive from Italy, obviously all without a ticket because of these they will only have it in 4000.”

“Between 18,000 and 20,000 people will arrive from Holland, as the Dutch police have informed us.”

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Roma
UEFA ranking: 11
How they qualified: Group C winners (W4 D1 L1 F18 A11), 2-1agg Vitesse (R16), 5-2agg Bodø/Glimt (QF), 2-1 agg Leicester (SF)
Last season: UEFA Europa League semi-finals (L 8-5agg vs Man. United)
UEFA Cup/Europa League best: runners-up (1990/91)

How they play
Mourinho fields three at the back, two attacking wing-backs, solid midfielders and two dynamic players behind the lone striker, Tammy Abraham. Roma love to attack at pace, getting the ball forward with as few touches as possible. The aim is to get Nicolò Zaniolo and Lorenzo Pellegrini in space and Abraham one-on-one with the keeper.

Key player
Replacing Edin Džeko was no easy task, but Abraham has done magnificently since joining from Chelsea. The tall striker is very mobile, links up well with his midfield team-mates and takes his chances when they come. Nine goals so far in this competition tell their own story.

Feyenoord
UEFA ranking: 42
How they qualified: Group E winners (W4 D2 L0 F11 A6), 8-3agg Partizan (R16), 6-4agg Slavia Praha (QF), 3-2agg Marseille (SF)
Last season: UEFA Europa League group stage (third in section)
UEFA Cup/Europa League best: winners (1973/74, 2001/02)

How they play
They play a nominal 4-2-3-1 formation, with Cyriel Dessers the designated lone striker, but in reality, Luis Sinisterra spends most of his time equally high up the pitch. Full-backs Lutsharel Geertruida and Tyrell Malacia are always keen to overlap. While the normal modus operandi is possession-based, the long ball over the defence was used to devastating effect in the first leg of the semi-final against Marseille.

Key player: Cyriel Dessers
The striker has found the net ten times in the Europa Conference League, making him the competition’s top scorer. Quick on the uptake and pacy as well, Dessers has shown he can deliver when it really counts.

Prediction:
Two evenly balanced teams, butI give Roma a slight advantage because of Jose Mourinho and I expect Roma to win 1-0.

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