The debut in the Europa League starts well. Victory that immediately puts Roma ahead in the standings along with the Wolfsburger revelation, given that even the Austrians scored four at home in Borussia.
Let’s also say that a lucky own goal unlocks a game that was put on a dead end, thanks to a performance that wasn’t up to par for the first half hour. Despite the obvious technical inadequacy, the visiting team had shown more desire, looking more forward. Roma plays with the the subs and risks something with the usual smears behind, with Fazio and Jesus still slow and clumsy, but also with Diawara too cumbersome and estranged to the game.
After the goal the team finally starts to play, more filter in the middle and several moves forward. It is another Roma team. More careful in defense, Diawara more alive in the game to sort out balls. Pastore did well with some good passes. He’s skilful but cannot play at this pace. Above all a great Zaniolo, all technical and power, a fury on the right flank, author of a great performance with goals and several valuable assists. Of another planet. Positive notes also from Kluivert and the usual Dzeko, once again on the scoresheet.
The important thing was to start well in this competition. Fonseca made himself heard at the end of the first half. You have to get used to always playing with the same intensity. The interpreters change but the end product must be the same. Next. A surprising Bologna team, our the first match away from the Olimpico. We don’t get too excited but we believe. Let’s go there to win, we must lay down our law and get the 3 points. It is necessary to give a strong signal. Forward we go. Daje Roma!
If Pastore netted that easy goal we would only talk about the magic wonders of Fonseca. Sub Zaniolo creates and sub Pastore converts.
Unfortunately, Zaniolo did create but Pastore did not convert. Yet Fonseca did some wonders anyway. Cristante quite impressive. Kluivert at last delivering the goods. New debut Veretout has everything to emulate Nainggolan.
But special mention goes to three players. Lorenzo Pellegrini, stellar performance as trequartista, man of the match. Henrik Mkhitaryan, presence and personality, goalscorer on his debut.
Last but not least, Edin Dzeko. Defends, attacks, scores. He carries the team on his shoulder. Focused. He transmit confidence. Florenzi might wear the armband but Edin is our leader.
Then, Paulo Fonseca. He’s creating a new team, so not everything is perfect in defense, with Fazio and Mancini. Chris Smalling will hopefully bring confidence and stability. Meanwhile, we don’t get too excited but we have high hopes. This team has potential. We need continuity. And if Pastore finds himself again would mean Fonseca has done a miracle. Next, Europa League. Daje Roma!
Glass half-empty or half-full? It depends. Lazio has undoubtedly created more but then in football to hit the post tor skim a goal counts for nothing. If we were to make a count of missed opportunities every year which ranking would it be? Rome would have a few more championships under its belt, that’s for sure.
Goalkeeper, goal posts and crossbars are part of the game. No goal was denied here by anyone, Different if it were an injustice or mistake by the referee. But there are no disputes, apart from the ravings of Inzaghi about the penalty. It is a penalty all my life, with the new rules but also with the old rules.
Could Lazio win? Yes. And wouldn’t have robbed anything if won. But has Roma robbed something by equalizing. Nope. Well then, that’s right. Last year Roma won the woodwork rankings and we didn’t even go to the Champions League. So there’s no room for any argument here.
Lazio did not score either 5 or 6 goals. Of course, if Roma had conceded it would have been another story. And it is also clear that it is not a mystery that the defense is still not looking good, that there are mechanisms that still do not work and so on. But Lazio is the same team as in the last few years, Roma is still under construction.
Sure. Going backwards it is also true that Roma did not have to find itself in this situation of reconstruction. But now it is done, let’s go ahead without looking back. No point. We think that in the meantime other experienced players have arrived, then we’ll see if they are more or less functional. Meanwhile Mikhitaryan and Kalinic are here to give a hand. After the international break Roma will be tested again. Now starting from Sassuolo up to mid-October Roma have a sleeve of games that must try to win. So, let’s re-focus. Head down and pedal!
Let’s start from where we stopped. From that wet farewell of Daniele De Rossi, the hugs with Totti and Ranieri that sanctioned the end of an era.
Without our Captains, then we went on to the Year Zero of Petrachi, with the arrival of Fonseca to witness the Edin Dzeko’s summer soap opera. When in the end we seemed getting back our confidence, here comes the blow that you don’t expect.
Roma begins fast and sparkling, torpedoes that predict a dazzling start. Instead we are then dampened by a series of negative episodes that opens a trail of questions.
The team runs out of gas too early, suffers an ordinary Genoa team and pays duty for defensive cockups. Three times upfront was not enough to bag the three points. So much disappointment at the end of the match.
The feeling remains the same. Roma lacks some solid players behind, in a game system that tries to push the opposition with high pressing and ball possession. Nothing new in this regard. Trouble is when you lose the ball.
Roma needs some quality players there, fast and reactive. Some people are casting doubts about the current personnel. Petrachi must act he has not yet satisfied the coach’s requests because he is looking for last-minute deals.
Perhaps these issues had to be straightened out first, knowing the technician’s profile requests. With Perotti out long term and Schick on his way too you will need to close deals within the next 48 hours. Florenzi could move in place of Perotti while Kalinic could be Dzeko’s new partner.
Doubt remains in defense. Who do we take now? Rugani? Lovren? But let’s hurry, Sunday comes the Derby and you can’t get it wrong. Need courage. Daje Roma!
Daniele De Rossi finally said goodbye. The last match in the Roma shirt. An evening under the sign of “Romanismo” of self-regained love, after a disappointing season to say the least, where we barely collect the crumbs of the Europa League preliminaries. A night to remember also for the hugs with Francesco, Bruno with Claudio’s tears. And the ferocious singing against the club.
Roma is bunker where there is no glimmer of light. Or at least it looks like seen from outside. The refusal by Gasperini, which seemed already in Rome. Still unknown is the future of Totti, Massara, Petrachi or whoever for him. Not to mention the stadium. It is not clear what Pallotta intends to do, Baldini or whoever is in charge. We are waiting, knowing that something will have to happen, shortly though, a plan that has a future at least in the short to medium term.
Now it’s the turn of the journalists of La Repubblica, another hot potato, which now happens to be going backwards, insinuating spy stories between certain players with Totti, Di Francesco and Monchi. Stories to divide Roma fans once again. Daniele De Rossi promises legal action. But if it is true, why diggin it right now? It is not a good time for the Roma fan, but we willingly cling to the words of Daniele, the wind will return to blow, but we all have to believe in it, stand united and together. For now, thanks to all readers, Carlo Zampa and the editors. Happy holidays to all. Always Forza Roma!
An absolute masterpiece. Maybe done on purpose. In front deep in the 90th minute in Genoa, but unable to get the three points. Lots of scoring chances vs. Sassuolo – a match of the equivalent of a Cup Final. Nothing. Another two points dropped. So, four points down the drain. With the same four points Roma today would be in third place, at 67 points, one above Atalanta and Inter. Crazy. And we don’t forget we recently dropped points at home against a dying Fiorentina team, who now risk to be relegated! And countless more on the list.
It is a Roma that gives the impression of having done everything to avoid reaching fourth place. A quick recap of this awfulseason. Now we’re in the Europa League. We are not yet out of the Champions League, but only in mathematical terms. It will take take more than a miracle for this to happen. So, it won’t happen. So, we’d better start to think about what will be next Sunday.
DDR-Day, just two years later of sad Totti-Day. The fans weren’t happy then either, but at least reached Champions League spot in the dying seconds. This time there is the risk of finding an even more fiery climate, an environment on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Everyone is looking for scapegoats. It was quick and unexpected. Bad timing. Bad everything. The fans will spare no one. Another symbol is about to go. Another Captain. Another forceful exit. No explanations. Just madness. Or maybe not. Was it all planned carefully? Is this really the reaction they want? An anticipated thanks to those who have orchestrated this panto. But above all thanks to Daniele. One of us.
A bolt from the blue. News that blurs the beautiful victory over Juve, Florenzi’s goal and the argument with Ronaldo. News that comes out when Roma has yet to play for Europe, two games from the end.
Daniele De Rossi leaves Roma. Not. They do not renewing his contract as a player. Like Totti a couple of years ago. Daniele, 35 enjoys his time here but above all a salary that weights. The club has every right to make its own decisions – as it did with Totti – but once again it is the modus-operandi of Pallotta and co. which leaves us perplexed by those who live emotions, that is us the fans.
We are not in Madrid who offloaded Raul and Casillas, but then with new players won more champions and trophies. And not even in Turin, where they got rid of Delpiero and many others but then continue to win championships. We are in Rome, where the boast is called Totti and De Rossi, a city famous for the Colosseum and its fans, not for the sporting achievements on the field. Then, depriving yourself of them is like depriving yourself of our pride. This is where this club is wrong. Or maybe it’s the catch here?
A bad season that is about to become a nightmare. Two years ago the Totti affair was taken on by the newcomer Monchi, who then asked the Captain for help, today the new man Fienga takes responsibility, but Daniele has not bowed. He prefers to continue elsewhere than to finish as he sees our No. 10 without a precise Director role and without decision-making power.
And Totti, he didn’t even sit at his side during the press conference, he was standing on one side. Is he thinking of resigning? Or is waiting for a new Arab ownership? Who knows. For now I say only thanks to Daniele! Like two years ago with Francesco, once again I’ll be there, in Rome vs. Parma to greet him as he deserves. He’s one of us.
Rom-ero sounds like a pun, like Roma, as it was, once upon a time. The Genoa man scored a clumsy goal at the 90th minute, dashing away nearly every hope we had to finish 4th.
Romero is a rather short player in comparison to 6ft Fazio, Nzonzi and Schick. Yet, he headed the ball first. Unbelievable. As for the clumsy way Roma gave away the corner kick that led to his goal. Old habits, old stories.
Genoa looked quite ordinary but gave Roma enough stick from the beginning. A Roma team who went on the pitch with the wrong approach. Again back to old habits.
The match was sleepy, Roma looked sloppy, as there was nothing to play for. Schick was particularly irritating when he came on, from going off the pitch for a silly nose bleed to his inability to do anything, cannot keep a ball or tackle, nevermind score one goal. Forty million wasted? There’s a concrete possibility.
Yet, the whole team did not play well. A very disappointing night from Claudio’s men. With Atalanta flying and Inter in front we need a miracle to play in the Champions League next year. And perhaps this is the end product, what Roma really deserve. Just not good enough.
And maybe not good enough to attract a top coach like Conte. We’ll see. Whoever will take over the reins next season, Roma needs a radical change from top to bottom. Now, Juve next. If the players still fancy a game of football. Nevermind. Sempre Forza Roma.
When I saw El Flaco on the starting lineup I had no doubt he would score. And Javier Pastore did it again. No backheel this time, but a quick feet play and shot well placed. That’s Pastore for you, so much quality but only for part of the game.
Ranieri knows what he can get from the player, he also knows his weaknesses. Flaco is not really for tackling or chasing the opposition, he needs to roam around in that part of the pitch, so no extra tasks. Hig goal gave Roma a big boost only a bit after after Fazio gave Roma the lead in the first few minutes. Game over.
Under Ranieri, the new tight backline seems more solid and confident, I never felt threatened. Roma were very close to score again several times, until did only a few minutes to go. All under control. Nice and relaxed, for once.
Another three points, we are there, but the competition is fierce. Milan, Atalanta, Lazio and Torino, all in contention. Any small mistake and you might pay dearly. With Conte rumours around, Claudio is by far a gentlemen if he’s really going to the airport to pick him up! Daje Claudio, Daje Roma!
Breaking news! Edin Dzeko is back on the score sheet at the Olimpico. Mirante keeps a clean sheet for the second consecutive match. El Sharaawy is man of the match, and not for the first time. Roma grabs three vital points and stays in the race for 4th spot. Claudio eventually sees glimpses of a better team.
Having said that, Milan controversial win against Lazio keeps them one point ahead, the biancocelesti now trail 5 behind but have a game in hand against Udinese on Wednesday. Atalanta are a point behind but they play tonight, a win will put them in front on par with Milan. And surprisingly, Torino are now only 4 points behind us! The race is on!
On the other hand, Inter have nearly secured 3rd place unless Roma will manage to bag the three point next week at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium. A tough game. Inter are back to winning ways with Icardi, while Spalletti and Nainggolan would be looking to seek revenge. Roma needs to get a point, at least.
The future of the club will heavily depend on Champions League football, and money, next year. The usual suspects including Franco Baldini are in Boston to meet Jim Pallotta to define the future plans, pity Francesco Totti is not part of the expedition. As previously said, I think Baldini should be eventually sidelined, with Totti Football Director, Ricky Massara Sporting Director or someone else, Ranieri in the boardroom with De Rossi part of the new team management.
Daniele would love to play for another year but I fear his knee problems are going to get worse. We all heard the rumours about Antonio Conte or Maurizio Sarri. I personally regard Conte as as top manager, the ideal man to get Roma to the top again. But I doubt he will accept to manage team to rebuild with no financial resources. At the same time, I belong to romantic football, I would rather have a Romanista or someone with no strings attached, rather than someone with Juve blood running through his veins. But it’s only my point of view. Forza Roma.