Excellent first half. Atalanta never near our keeper. Dzeko’s goal within 3 mins and more chances afterwards. Unlucky not to go 2 nil up at half time with Spinazzola’s chip on the post and Pellegrini’s saved free kick. Second half, Gasperini made changes, Fonseca did not. New personnel, another pace. Overwhelming. Lost the plot. Ended in disaster.
As happened against Napoli, at the best the Giallorossi team melted like snow in the sun. Yet the first half had given good signs, giving Atalanta hardly an opportunity. In the second half, Gasperini threw Ilicic into the fray but this cannot explain the shamble that followed. The Giallorossi immediately squashed in their own half, stopped attacking and left the ball in the hands of Atalanta.
Whether it’s a physical or mental issue, it’s up to Fonseca to find the recipe to go beyond the limits that this Rome is imposing itself on. The Portuguese coach was tough at the end of the game but he photographed the situation well: it would have been worrying if Roma had played the whole game as they did in the second half. Instead, the first half was practically perfect, played with quality but above all with intelligence.
In the second half, total darkness, and Fonseca probably has on his conscience the delay with which the changes were made, when the situation was compromised. To aim to reach new heights is fading again. Cagliari next in midweek before the Christmas pudding. But it’s a long way…Always Forza Roma.
If Roma were leading 3-0, it was only due to the disasters of the referee Rosario Abisso. These were the various comments of some TV commentators with some titles from some Northern sports newspaper. Roma is put to the wall for alleged refereeing errors, questionable but far from certainties and improbable interpretations. “If only I had had a great Roman press” Franco Sensi used to say.
The truth is that Roma was superior and overflowing from the start. Singo’s double yellow is plausible. And that Roma is a net recipient of bad decisions. Only a couple of games ago with Sassuolo Pedro sees red, foul on Pellegrini not sanctioned with red and a clear penalty not granted. I have not seen any of these gentlemen speak, write or make headlines about it. Just as I have not seen the same headlines against Inter against Napoli a couple of days ago. Rome has to live with these attitudes whenever it comes close to annoying the teams at the top. It is up to us to protect it.
The Giallorossi looked absolutely fine, apart from the blackout of the last 15 minutes, a drop in physical-mental tension despite the various changes that should avoid certain amnesias. Instead there was at least 10 minutes of Torino domination, when they were down 3-0 and with one man down. Up to that point there has only been one team on the pitch. We are now third, just 4 points behind leaders Milan. Next, a trip to Bergamo against Atalanta. An opportunity to test our ambitions against one of the most difficult team to face. Tough but yes we can! Daje Roma.
It was a wonderful performance. Three goals in the first 15 mins. Five in the first half alone. Slowed down in the second half, put match under control though it could’ve been a lot more even in the second half. Roma annihilated Bologna like never seen before.
Every player deserves a mention. Yet of course, Edin Dzeko created, scored and squandered, just like that. Then Miki and Spina, at the very top, but in particular a special mention for Villar, Pellegrini and Karsdorp.
Gonzalo is in top form and incredibly useful in the middle of the park. Pellegrini delivered a top class performance at last, serving and scoring. Rick has lost a few pounds recently and he’s improved big time also defending. Hopefully they will carry on this way.
Brian Cristante scored an unfortunate own goal and now is also suspended for the next match against Torino for…blasphemy! Unusual and incredible. Never seen before, Roma still champions of jurisprudence. In addition, a penalty was given to Sassuolo equal to the one not given to Roma right against Sassuolo. Until there are such discrepancies and referring to the slightest movement of the arm, well we’ll never going to get out. Serie A resumes in mid week, Roma versus Torino on Thursday. Let’s do it again. Daje.
A trip to Bulgaria which did not count for anything in terms of the standings, but which had to be used by the coach to better understand who he can count on for the rest of the season. Definitely a negative test by the veterans Fazio, Juan Jesus, Diawara and Bruno Peres, disappointing and embarrassing, at now unpresentable levels.
Carles Perez continues not to convince despite the excellent potential. Positive notes instead from Borja Mayoral, always very active even if imprecise and from the young Tommaso Milanese, author of a great goal, a lot of confidence and personality. Notes of merit also for Bamba and Boer in goal, in their debut. In the end, a painless defeat that always hurts. At the final whistle the Bulgarian team celebrates for the victory and 600 thousand euros cheque.
Roma returns home aware that certain matches must be faced with a different attitude, even if they are not decisive. Almost recovered Smalling and Kumbulla, but Roma are approaching the away match in Bologna with many unknowns including the goalkeeper. And without Pedro. To win we need great concentration and determination. Carles Perez will certainly be on the field on Sunday, called to a test of maturity. Last thought is for Paolo Rossi, who passed away yesterday. An ‘Azzurri’ legend. The man who made Falcao’s Brazil cry in 1982. So many unforgettable memories and world cup emotions, so much nostalgia for a football that is no longer there. A big loss. A very sad day. Have a good trip ‘Pablito’.
Pellegrini did wrong. But he was right. You just cannot write that stuff on social media. Fans have the right to criticise but not the right to insult. Lorenzo is a well-paid professional and should not be on Instagram arguing with idiots.
Referee Fabio Maresca was also wrong. The foul on Pellegrini is nasty and deserved red. Pedro was silly to get himself a second yellow but did not deserve the first one. His first dismissal of his career, after more than 500 games played.
Roma got denied a penalty that had been given to other teams elsewhere. The Var room is guilty. If you don’t intervene in these circumstances then you are utter useless. Or are they? Roma got denied the chance to get the 3 points. Played better than Sassuolo playing with 10-men for over an hour and deserved to win. The match officials have distorted the game. End of story. Fonseca was left fuming in the stands and so the rest of us. But we take the point. Reluctantly. Next CSKA Sofia for the youngsters. Bologna to bounce back on Sunday. Forza Roma.
In Naples it was the sign of destiny. It was the Maradona-Day. Chronicle of an announced disaster. The Europa League was almost a liberation, before the resumption of the league next Sunday. A victory that leads us to win the group with one round to spare. We are in the last 16 also thanks to the freshness of some young hopefuls.
Riccardo Calafiori showed off a high-level performance topped off with a fantastic goal. He had already glimpsed a lot of personality and character with Juve, even having suffered serious injuries. The boy will go a long way if bad luck stops haunting him. And then the Spanish Armada. Borja Mayoral in the first place. A lot of movement, spaces created for his teammates, strength and technique, also on the scoresheet.
Villar also made a good performance, tenacious as few to fight in the middle of the field. With Carles Perez moving along and creating upfront. In short, it was a nice Roma team of young people who redeemed the blackout at Napoli, then with the help of the senior players in the second half who helped to bring home the qualification.
If there was a physical-mental problem then it could have been a simple episode. Napoli are very strong, but Roma didn’t take the field. But now we need another good response to confirm this. Now, Sassuolo on Sunday. It will be a difficult match. They play very good football. If we want to have some ambition we must get up quickly to resume the journey. The group is there. The team as well. Let’s go and deliver. Head down and pedal. Daje Roma.
Fate. Destiny. Before even entering the field. Ibanez and Mancini not feeling well, Dzeko just back after Covid, Smalling out, with Veretout leaving the field too early. Miki doesn’t get one right, Pedro likewise, Spina preaching alone into the desert. Pellegrini is the shadow of himself, Mirante having a bad day, JJ and Karsdorp not good enough, with Cristante the handyman. That’s it. Total blackout.
It’s Maradona’s day. Insigne-goal display the N0.10 shirt was not even quoted by the bookies. In short, it was a disaster but at least a proper goodbye to the King. The Europa League will be almost a formality and then here comes Sassuolo on Sunday. It’s going to be a tough game. But we need to rise quickly to resume operations. And hope. Chin up. Forza Roma.
The usual Eurospin team breaks through Cluj and enters the last 16 of the Europa League, this time well in advance. Veretout in the second half to unlock the result, first with a free kick deflected into a goal by a Romanian player and then transforming a penalty that closes the match.
At the first half a not extraordinary but very orderly Roma had controlled the opponent without overdoing it. Cluj is the great disappointment of the group, Petrescu’s team is in a crisis of play and results, no longer that difficult team that gave anyone a hard time until last year. Roma have never risked anything, as in the first leg, they only expected the right moment to sink the opposition.
In the end another kind of training session, an opportunity to give a chance to some young players and to give some minutes of playing for those who, like Dzeko, had been missing for a while. In the end an easy victory that qualifies the team two rounds to spare. Now we need to catch our breath to get back important players.
The trip to Naples is almost a watershed, very important to understand how far this Roma team can go. But it arrives at the most dramatic and emotional moment for the city of Naples and for all world football. At the former San Paolo stadium, now the new Maradona stadium, there will first be a lot of emotion. For all that Diego Armando has represented, on and off the pitch. A football genius, controversial and unattainable figure. A bit like Muhammad Ali. Especially for those like myself who were lucky enough to meet him, see him play live and score a goal. However the game goes on Sunday this time only football will win. Really. Thanks Diego.
Super Roma. Another dominant display to dispatch Parma with ease. 45 mins was enough to seal victory. It could have been 4 or 5 nil. Mkyitaryan was superb, close to another hattrick. Without Dzeko and Smalling subs like Mayoral and Villar were able to deliver. Fonseca is getting things right. The players look focused, the team is playing like a team. The experience of Pedro is key, his winning mentality, many around around him feel more confident. We’re getting closer to the top. It’s a strange championship, wide open, anything is possible.
Dan and Ryan Friedkin, ever-present at the Stadio Olimpico, are also behind this new fresh start. Smart approach. Low profile, working underground. Little things but well appreciated. Like wearing the old crest. Meaning they are adamant to put things right, unite the fans first, get their backing. They were meant to stay only for a couple of weeks, they will stay right until Christmas. Well done.
Roma next challenge is the game at Napoli. Tough because they have lost badly to Milan. If they were problems with their coach Gattuso now it is a tinderbox. The death of Diego Armando Maradona means Napoli is in mourning, the game will be very emotional one, for the city, for football. In the meantime, we face Cluj away in Romania for Europa League, qualification not in danger, our priority is not to lose any players at this stage. Daje Roma.
Roma stunned Genoa by raising that famous bar that serves to look ahead with confidence. And it will certainly not be the negative outcome of the Diawara case appeal that will affect the team’s positive trend. Ultimately it is only one point. At the Marassi stadium we saw a Roma in great shape, overflowing in the first half. The team is doing well from a physical and mental point of view. A demonstration of strength and character thanks above all to exceptional performers like Miki and Pedro, who convey that desire to win that we haven’t seen for a long time. Mkhitaryan was bang on scoring an incredible hattrick.
At present, as already mentioned above, Roma must not be afraid of anyone and can play for the upper table of the league. The great concern and the great unknown comes from the virus. There are many players found positive in Serie A and among these there are also Roma players. In addition to Diawara and Calafiori, now also Dzeko, Pellegrini, Santon and Fazio. And there will probably be others in the long run. The situation is also worrying for the regular conduct of the championship, which remains at high risk.
It would be good if the protocols were respected by players and clubs, fair and loyal behavior is needed, respecting the rules dictated by the competent health authorities, but that they are also clear and realistic. We must set a good example, exemplary penalties for those who think are smart. It applies to everyone, for the good of all. The international break now risk becoming a boomerang, with related trips and so on. Definitely avoidable. Only united we can come come out of it Strength and courage.