Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Starts In Win That Takes Roma Top Of Serie A
Three weeks on loan so far at AS Roma and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has already tasted Champions League football as a substitute in the 5-1 win over CSKA Moscow, then on Sunday he made his first start in Serie A.
Putting in a polished performance next to Ashley Cole at left-back, Mapou helped his team keep a clean sheet and take all three points with goals from Florenzi and Destro.
Restored to his usual centre-back position, Mapou looked a lot more like the captain and defender recruited from then Ligue 1 title winners Montpellier.
Roma have two more Serie A matches this week before travelling over to England for a Champions League clash at Manchester City in eight days time.
How much notice Mapou takes of Newcastle’s match at Stoke twenty four hours before that City clash remains to be seen.
However, second choice right-back in a chaotic Newcastle defence (9 goals conceded in last 3 matches), or potentially playing centre-back in the Champions League against the English Champions…tricky one isn’t it.
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