Rubrica in inglese gestita dagli amici del Roma Club Dublino
Let’s start with bad news. Alessandro Florenzi suffered the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. This right in the day of Antonio Rudiger is back after a long absence. On the day also our former sprinter Gervinho suffers the same injury on his left knee. It seems incredible, sad but true. Last night we still hoped for a minor thing, saw the Doctor’s statements but then reviewing the footage on TV the impression was of a serious injury. So welcome back Rudiger and best of luck to Florenzi, waiting for Mario Rui as well.
The match: Roma did not start very well against Sassuolo, team was a bit a static at first, but then once the opponent’s goal it immediately felt saw that there could be a winning return, the feeling that the goal would come sooner or later. Before were the crossbars, then always close by a whisker on several occasions. In the second half a storm of attacks was unleashed with Edin Dzeko great again who scored twice, many assists and help in the movement of attack. They are now 10 games and 10 goals. Best goalscorer in Europe. If last year was unwatchable, though earlier in the season we were all a bit skeptical about his recovery now we can say, Dzeko has won his bet with us and the rest who criticized him.
If last year it was right for us to criticize, now we can only praise him. He’s as a great professional and does not show any bitterness against anyone. Applause.
Now, Roma are always two points behind Juve, the standings unchanged apart from Milan who lost. We are sorry for Florenzi but we have to be good at not giving up the bone, we hope that along with Rudiger we will have Bruno Peres back for the right wing, and Vermaelen too. Next away to Empoli, a team that has scored very little, so let’s take the Castellani Stadium by storm ,and with personality, like last night. We don’t give up the bone. Go on Roma!
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— AS Roma Ireland™ (@ASRomaDublin) 26 ottobre 2016
We had talked about the loss of concentration and the sudden collapse against Austria Vienna. We had talked about Juve, which they thrives on cynicism and seize on the opportunities. Last night that did not happen, Roma made a nice stroll against a very poor team an even poorer goalkeeper, while Juve instead succumbed to a Milan transformed by Montella. Result: Today we are 2 points behind Juve, along with impressive Milan.
The star last night was Stephan El Sharaawy that looks to be back on a great form, well able to replace Diego Perotti. He even might gamble for a starting spot, especially as Salah goes to play the African Cup of Nations. A few other players like Paredeshave featured on the score sheet, while Edin Dzeko marks another beautiful one, the eighth goal of the season. Good game also byFazio, De Rossi, Florenzi and Palmieri who had come on in place of the only negative note of this Roma team: Juan Jesus. He’s not is not currently presentable, we hope Spalletti understand and leave him on the bench for a while. In contrast, Edin Dzekocontinues to score goals, helps the defense and delivers good assists to his teammates. At this time he’s critical to the team. You cannot say the same for Naingggolan, still not on his best.
Great result, yes, but let’s keep our feet on the ground. We do not want getting excited ‘cause we know too well these situations. Over time we have learned one thing. The Championship is long and wide open, what’s important is to stay remain at the top until after Christmas. Then, from February the true final sprint will begin. Next game Sassuolo on Wednesday, a tough test for our boys.
Last but not least: the “Hall of Fame” at the Stadio Olimpico. It was exciting to see again Roma great Toninho Cerezo cheering and in tears, pity to see this happenings in an empty stadium.
Slainte! Forza Roma!
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— AS Roma Ireland™ (@ASRomaDublin) 24 ottobre 2016
We don’t want to sound dull and repetitive but the current situation requires this form of analysis. Ruthless. Look at Juve with Udinese and Lyon. Whether they play rubbish or put subs on the pitch, the end product remains the same. They bring almost always at home the result they need. They seize opportunities; they do not waste, and above all never give up until the last second. Mentality and continuity. What exactly is missing at Roma for a long time, with a few exceptions, just look a step back in time and see who was in the field.
“They Shall No Pass: The Story Continues”, read an old banner in the Curva Sud, at the time of the European Cup. Long gone.
But let’s we talk about recent events: Cagliari, Porto, and Plzen, through Leverkusen, Borisov and Spezia. And never mind the 26th of May dismal against Lazio. Last night was another Deja Vu’. Here comes again the usual casual play, superficial attitudes, but above all a sort of contentment after just a couple of wins, when you did not do anything really. On the contrary: Roma have not won a trophy for 8 years. Last night 3-1 up with only 9 mins to go, we all the expected 4-1 with Salah and Dzeko coming on, and instead manage to concede two silly goals from a poor team, where suddenly even the poorest player from the opposition becomes outstanding. And here comes the usual outcome, another one to forget.
This time the club and the coach must take action, cannot allow talking nonsense, enough of these social media messages from the players that we will bounce back. The same story, too many times. Here we need someone with balls, to let them know where they are. But above all, to review the players we have in the squad. With Sabatini out of the picture we now need new strategies, players like Jesus, Iturbe and Palmieri must go to play elsewhere. You cannot carry on spending a lot of money for foreign players like as Ucan and Gerson, very technical but not quick and reliable. That perhaps is better to believe more in our academy, people like Politano and Pellegrini are doing very well at Sassuolo even in Europe.
Gandini, Baldini and Massara, the new faces of this Roma management, just put your face out and make sure that you plan a strategy together with the coach in the January transfer window. Next is Palermo at home. We want a performance like against Inter and Napoli, but then the same when you go to Vienna and to Astra Giurgiu. And let’s stop singing we are the anti-Juve or that we will win the Europa League.
Now, let’s get back down to Earth. Same refrain as last year: Low head and ride!
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An entertaining match! Frenetic and pulsating until the last second! It was an open match, with lots of scoring chances on both sides. At the end, Roma clinched a 2-1 victory thanks to Dzeko’s early goal – his fifth of the season, and Manolas’ first goal of the season, via a deflection off Mauro Icardi. A well deserved win. With this result, Roma climbed to third in the Serie A table moving them level with AC Milan, Chievo and Lazio on 13 points.
Luciano Spalletti threw a few surprises with his team selection from a tactical perspective.
Radja Nainggolan was dropped for the recent bad form. Alessandro Florenzi was pushed into midfield. That saw Bruno Peresshift across to his natural right-back position, with Juan Jesus coming in at left back. De Rossi acted as a screen in front of the defense, with Edin Dzeko leading the attack. Francesco Totti was left on the bench.
Our tactical analysis before the match yesterday remarked to watch our for many of Inter’s options, from Candreva’s crosses to Icardi’s finishing. They did a great job to stop them.
Overall, it was a great performance and we have to praise the players on this occasion.
For the first time this season Roma have kept the same intensity and composure for 90 minutes. No distractions or sleeping pills.
The team played as a team. Dzeko has done well what he does best: Keeping the ball, opening space for his teammates, defending and attacking. Yet, this time he was also able to attack the ball and score like a vulture. It was the best game he had since arriving in Rome. De Rossi and Manolas were like dykes at the back. Florenzi and Strootman kept the midfield tight against the likes of Joao Mario and Banega. Salah was a thorn on the side but still does not make the right choice in front of the keeper.
However, one ought to highlight that both defenses were very exposed, both keepers made some incredible saves. At the last gasp, in the dying seconds, Szczesny and the crossbar denied Inter a late equalizer. And what if the game had ended 2-2? What would have been our comments this morning?
Next game is at Napoli, who lost to Atalanta. It will be a tough test, especially for our defense. We have two weeks to practice now; next week there is no Serie A for international duties, so a little break for now. A deserved one! Forza Roma.
Stefano Sale – AS Roma Club Dublin Ireland™
It’s hard to believe Francesco totti has turned 40 last Tuesday. Francesco capped another memorable week with three assists as Roma thrashed Astra Giurgiu 4-0 in Group E of the Europa League. The genius playmaker, who scored his 250th Serie A goal on Sunday made the difference once again. The hosts took the lead in the 15th minute as Strootman volleyed in at the back post following a right-wing free-kick from the Captain. Totti then played a significant role in Roma’s second, smashing a vicious free-kick towards the top right-corner to hit the croosbar, then converted by Fazio in the rebound to claim his first goal for the club. The scoring would then be finished less than ten minutes later with Salah while Totti was again the provider. “Totti is magnificent, it was like watching a Playstation game,” said Astra the coach in his Press conference after the game.
So, Roma are now top of the Group, a healthy win but against a very poor team. On the night there were other few things that still did not convince us. Salah is still oner of our finest players but lately he does not make the right chioce in front of the keeper; Peres is till struggling to show what is capable of, far too shy on the flank. Last night it was the chance to see some new players like Seck but instead Florenzi came on. Juan Jesus was back but he’s not a player you could rely on at this moment. What happened to Emerson Palmieri?? Paredes was on the ball when called and should really find more space in the future. Gerson. The brazilian played the last 20 mins showing he’s got some skills but could not see much of his potential. Pity that Spalletti has virtually said he’s not good for italian football but he’s only 18 and it was unfair to hear that from the coach…then why spending 18million then? Last but not least, Juan Iturbe. The fans were asking loudly for a goal but he just could not do it. His temmates tried hard to get him on the scoresheet, not a chance. Is he at his last resort?
To move on: First of all, the endless debate between Totti and Spalletti, their clash of personalities and everything else, Roma fans are not interested, we are interested that Roma win and that the best team is fielded. Francesco Totti is still at the helm and Spalletti cannot longer deny that. Last night he played the full 90 minutes, he feels well by his own admission but at the same time we wished the coach could have spared him for the Inter game next Sunday. Given his state of form we expect him to be on the pitch from the start, he would be silly to play him against a team like Astra for the full lenght of the game and rest him for the big ones when we most need him. As we have seen is not just his presence but the quality of passes, touch and vision. He’s always ahead of everybody else. Greatest player in Roma history and possibly the greatest italian player of all time. Legend. Happy birthday Capitano. Auguri!
Sometimes people fear about the worst possible outcomes, hoping that it will not happen. Then, it happens. Last summer, Iago Falque and Castan were offloaded to Torino while Bruno Peres came the other way. We were all happy.
Roma are back to winning ways against newly promoted Crotone FC. 4-0 the final score. A feast, as expected. Although it was never really a contest, there were some scary moments in defense at the very beginning of the match and, at the very end of the match, as the coach pointed out.
The partnership worked well, the team played well. Yet, we were playing Crotone, not Real Madrid. It’s a win but still against the worst team in Serie A, nearly unpresentable at this level. Roma must show the same gameplay and character all the time. Dzeko must show he can score goals like these against the biggest teams. The final scoreline is great news but we kind of expected that. It’s time to move and climb up the ladder.
An undeserved defeat. Better than Fiorentina but zero points. Performance was good overall, better than recent ones, at least.
A couple of negative episodes, goal offside and penalty denied, the ref did not help but we denoted the usual limitations. The team is unable to control and finish off, and the replacements on the bench aren’t good enough.