Let’s start by talking about the referee Mr.Rocchi. It’s true, Toloi had to be sent off in the action of the penalty, but it cannot be just the refs fault here, we can’t forget what has Roma done in the second half, frankly. Indeed, the referee has had a good game in our view.
Roma fans in Bergamo: Banned from almost all away games, Roma fans were allowed to follow the team in Bergamo, one of the most dangerous places to go by far, there seems more a trap than a possibility to behave well; besides, the fans behaved well in Reggio Emilia and Empoli, quite impeccable. What now? Last night clashes with the police and the bombs thrown on the pitch means now the authorities have an excuse to leave the barriers where they are in the Curva.
On the pitch: As mentioned, Roma showed two faces. Initially it seemed that this game could have been a healthy walk, so many missed opportunities, Roma in absolute control, Atalanta that never comes to threat near our keeper. Then, the penalty and Perotti’s goal. We went to the break in the lead, knowing that you could already be at least 2 nil up.
Second half: Darkness falls on the Bergamo stadium. Roma remained in the dressing rooms, Atalanta takes full advantage, Roma confined under siege for 45 minutes in our half. It remains inexplicable why Salah and Perotti were substituted, the only ones who created chances and brought havoc in their penalty area. Roma were just unable to react and make a shot on goal. Result: scrums, kicks, rebounds and then came their goal, and the last minute penalty was the other kick in the bum we did not expect. Spalletti got it all wrong.
Meanwhile, Roma keep being the same, it does make the leap, at the first negative episode they get depressed, do not react. Here we go again then, nothing new, same old story. Juve is far away and the others getting closer. Around this time Roma start to deflate to disappear around Christmas, out of everything, we don’t this again to happen, just fighting for second place.
Now the Europa League on Thursday and Pescara on Sunday. Perhaps we will see easy wins, many goals by Salah, Dzeko co. But it’s not enough. Not enough to compete with the big shots.
We are disappointed but always Roma fans,, right? Head down and ride! Always look forward, never look back! Daje!
Stefano Sale @AS Roma Eire – Roma Club Dublin