Rome’s coach Paulo Fonseca confirmed in the pre-match press conference of the Europa League group stage that both Smolin and Mayoral will start the match against CSKA Sofia.
"Smolin will start this time. You all know that he is very important to our team, but our other three central defenders (Gianluca Mancini, Cumbulla and Roger Ibagne) S.) has always played well." Paulo Fonseca said.
"In addition, Mayoral will also start. He will always act as a striker. He is still young and he needs to adapt. He played very hard in the previous match with the young Bernese. I have confidence in him."
"The last game against Milan we could do better on the defensive end, but we still showed our confidence in set kicks and corner kicks, so I don't worry about the team's situation."