Roma player ratings from the Europa Conference League final victory

Roma made history on May 25th, 2022, when they beat Feyenoord to become the first ever winners of the UEFA Europa Conference League.

A first UEFA trophy in the club’s history, and first of any variety in 14 years, it represents a significant triumph for Jose Mourinho in his first season in charge.

They earned the trophy via a 1-0 win in the final after Nicolo Zaniolo had scored in the first half.

Here are the Giallorossi Yorkshire player ratings from the game that won Roma the Europa Conference League.

Rui Patricio – 9

One of Roma’s most experienced players, they knew they could rely on Rui Patricio on the big stage. A Euro 2016 winner with Portugal, he now has a club continental medal for his collection – and he played his part in earning it. The goalkeeper made several fine saves, including one expert tip onto the post from a Tyrell Malacia rocket. He thus concludes his debut season with Roma with 22 clean sheets; it is a joint-record for a keeper in their first campaign for the club.

Gianluca Mancini – 8

After a season in which the spotlight has been on him, not necessarily for the right reasons, Gianluca Mancini was up for this. Going toe to toe with his opponents, the Italian defender put in a big effort to keep Feyenoord’s speedy attackers at bay. Even if it wasn’t a spotless display, he looked more characteristic of the Mancini of last season. And most importantly of all, he floated forward the assist for the decisive goal.

Chris Smalling – 9

Key to the way Roma resisted pressure was the man in the middle, Chris Smalling. Having won the Europa League before with Mourinho at Manchester United, he made his experience count. Influential in the semi-final too, he once again stood up to any pressure against him, with a plethora of blocks and well-read challenges. “The best”, Tammy Abraham repeated to the camera during Smalling’s post-match interview with BT Sport – and he was right.

Roger Ibanez – 8

Another member of the backline who read things very well, Roger Ibanez seemed to have that ability to nick in and make important interventions when required. On the rare occasions when Smalling seemed in a bit of bother – which didn’t happen much at all – his teammate was there to sweep up and avert any danger.

Rick Karsdorp – 7

Rick Karsdorp was playing against his boyhood club but had plenty to celebrate after beating them in the final. He was occupied by Luis Sinisterra on the flank but did quite well to prevent him becoming a major issue. The Dutchman also helped with game management, showing seniority.

Bryan Cristante – 7

Trying to be the balance provider in Roma’s midfield, which was sometimes stretched by Feyenoord’s attacks, it wasn’t Bryan Cristante’s most noticeable performance. But his character and mentality – and occasionally his passing – were important factors in winning the final.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – N/A

Should he have started? Back from injury, Henrikh Mkhitaryan made the maximum effort to be there for his team. However, it was just a step too far as he was withdrawn in the first half. Thankfully, Roma still made the most of what else they had; Sergio Oliveira took his place and was comfortable in midfield.

Nicola Zalewski – 6

Nicola Zalewski endured a challenging start to the match due to Feyenoord’s direct approach but didn’t look out of place in general for his hour-long cameo, before being replaced by an impactful Leonardo Spinazzola. To have gone from an under-19s player to a starter in a European final victory in the space of one season deserves plaudits.

Lorenzo Pellegrini – 7

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The captain who has done what no other has for Roma – lift a UEFA trophy. Lorenzo Pellegrini displayed a typical forward-thinking approach in what was a tight game, playing his part in keeping the pressure on. A hometown Romanista, this will have meant more to him than anyone else on the pitch.

Nicolo Zaniolo – 8

Redemption arc complete. Nicolo Zaniolo has been at times frustrating to watch since his return from a second ACL injury – and fairly enough – but has shown flickers of his shining talent. He provided that in the quarter-final of this competition with a first career hat-trick and completed a special story by scoring the match-winner in the final. He took it well, keeping his balance and picking his moment to leave Justin Bijlow stranded. It was a fairytale ending to the season for Zaniolo.

Tammy Abraham – 7

Winner of the Champions League with Chelsea as a squad man last season, Tammy Abraham can now say he has played a significant part in a European trophy win with Roma. Chances were at times tricky to come by but he caused problems for Feyenoord’s defence, almost getting Marcos Senesi sent off after getting in behind. The honesty he showed to stay on his feet probably prevented that, but was typical of the hard work he has put in over the course of his first season in Rome. Now he has a medal to reward his efforts.

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