Never a penalty. Olsen gets kicked in the face. The referee makes a mistake, and that’s ok. What is not ok is the Var system protocol. And how it is used. It’s disgusting the method of discretion applied by the officials.
Two weights and two measures. An unfair system that has already favoured some clubs over others. Roma were dead right to complain but to explain another disappointing result we need to go further on.
Roma still looking to become someone on the pitch. Too many players unreliable. If Chievo, Bologna and Spal are getting thrashed elsewhere by anyone means we have a serious problem. The same not seen in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Napoli, Inter, Milan and Lazio are convincingly winning and moving forward. We are losing ground big time. We need to wake up soon with a winning streak or might be too late to catch up for fourth place. Next stop Moscow. Then Sampdoria, who got stuffed at home by Torino by 4 goals. Now, it’s up to you Roma.
No one could imagine Roma to near victory at the San Paolo stadium in Naples with only 1 minute left to play. Yet, many could imagine Roma to concede a goal with only 1 minute left to play.
So, we know it ended all square. Beyond the obvious. Napoli were a thorn in the side for most of the 90 mins, Roma defending on the barricades after taking the lead and missing some golden opportunities to bury the game.
Overall we can say we take the point with a smile, nevertheless always hurts to concede right at the end when you think you have it in the bag. Life goes on, as usual. We have Fiorentina next, away again. If we are serious we go away with 3 points. But only if we are serious. Forza Roma!
We had said it after SPAL. We reiterate it today after the resounding victory in the Champions League with CSKA. Roma confirms to be a bipolar team that seems lazy and indolent with the small and that finds concentration and right motivations only in the big games. And that’s unacceptable, because needless to say that every match must be faced with the right approach, all-round professionals, with the same commitment against any opponent, give everything and get out with the sweat shirt after 90 minutes. And all this should start with the senators, a good example for new and young people who try to fit in. If the indolence starts from the old then it is clear that the whole team receives the wrong message.
We think that the departure of Strootman has left a gap in this sense, a charismatic leader, motivator in the field and inside the dressing rooms. Roma needs its leaders to keep the tension high. Edin Dzeko has shown that when he goes into the field motivated and focused the whole team runs in another way. He is the real heart, the team’s hourglass, more than De Rossi, Kolarov or Manolas. When up for it the whole team wakes up. Edin had a great game yesterday, he came back to help behind and he let the team up, then scoring two goals. We never saw him come back to help with SPAL, he missed goal opportunities, and the rest of the team followed.
That said, yesterday’s performance was encouraging but not exciting. An emphatic 3-0 scoreline, but not a massive performance. The defense still stutters, midfield must speed up. Some elements still show psychological and mental limits, like Cristante and Schick. We hope that the former Atalanta man will soon make the leap like Lorenzo Pellegrini did, until a few games ago in his same situation. Just a flash, as he had in the Derby. The Czech forward is in a situation where it will be difficult to get out of it, as long as Dzeko retains the No. 9 shirt in Rome. But he has quality, cannot waste 40m investment like that.
Overall, we take 3 points, now we are top of the group with Real Madrid , important not to lose in Moscow. But we need continuity also in the league. Napoli arrives at the right time. A great team to keep the tension high. Opportunity to measure yourself and show that we are here too. Confidence.
Would rather avoid to report a game like this. A strange game of football. Still have no idea of what exactly happened.
Positive signs in recent games, 4 wins in a row, Roma seemed to be out of the woods. And positive early signs yesterday with Roma showing confidence, straight on the pitch looking to bag the 3 points. But then when you fail to score and think the result would come anyway, then you have a problem. And SPAL took full advantage.
A dodgy penalty was the game changer. Ok. But still, not an excuse. Roma lost focus, Spal looked better, and the Roma performance was not good enough. Olsen even made a couple of great saves, shows who deserved victory.
After Federico Santander, kevin Bonifazi was another one to score his first goal in Serie A. The last time Spal scored 2 goals in Serie A without conceding was in 1965. Against who? Roma, of course. Last but not least. Yesterday goalscorer Petagna: his grandfather was sitting on the Spal bench in 1965. Says it all.
So, very disappointing. More points against lost at the Olimpico against small teams. It’a hard to explain why. It’s a mystery why this approach and fragility. But no time to think. Champions League on Tuesday. To beat CSKA Moscow is a must. We know we are capable. Get up now and do it. Daje!
When Juventus played recently Frosinone the media hailed their 2-0 win as swift and cynical. Ronaldo and co. only managing to break the deadlock in the last 15 minutes. Roma wins at Empoli in a similar fashion but it is now called suffering and regression. With Empoli showing to be a much more dangerous team than Frosinone.
In essence, yes, Roma have not played great football, not as good as recent games at least. Empoli was given too much space and Roma weren’t as good. The penalty missed by Caputo was the negative turning point for Empoli, and Roma took full advantage to close the match in the same Juve would do in similar circumstances. So, we take the 3 points, and forward we go.
Elsewhere, all other teams at the top won their respective games, so nothing changes at the top. Juve cruising comfortably, Napoli chasing, Inter with another lucky strike to score again in the end, Roma just back behind them. The international break is going to be good to recharge the batteries. Off we go. Next Roma v SPAL. Forza Roma.
Roma brushes off Viktoria Plzen in style. The best performance of the season so far. It’s a different team. You can see that, clearly. Approach, fitness, legs, and changed attitude on the pitch. But also the game play system. We did not think that was an issue sometime ago. Instead, we were wrong.
EDF showed enough resilience to rotate his players trying to find the root problem. And looks like he’s found it. The new 4-2-3-1 formation is paying off. The midfielders are beginning to move better and interchange play. The wingers are also coming deeper into the area.
Players are starting to respond and deliver the goods, even subs and youngsters coming on, with Dzeko getting a great hat-trick last night. Cengiz and Justin also on the score-sheet both looked impressive. Nzonzi ruled in midfield, Cristante worked hard, backline solid with Fazio and Jesus, with Florenzi and Kolarov pressing on the sides.
But man of the match is once again on-form Lorenzo Pellegrini. Another impressive performance. Often criticized, he was very poor at start of the season, but like everyone else. But people often forget this lad was a prospect, has done very well before with Sassuolo and Italy U-21 and Roma brought him back home because believe in him.
EDF had the brilliant idea of playing him as attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 and he’s responded really well so far. Can he become the new Radja Nainggolan? He has shown he can cause damage in that position. Obviously, the goal in the Derby and the good performances have given him confidence that he didn’t have before. But it’s the whole team with confidence now, believing.
The only negative note come from Patrik Schick, who still does not look confident or settled in when he comes on. He tries hard but then he feels under pressure that he needs to quickly impress. Rick Karsdorp is the other negative note. He was meant to be our special guy on the right wing but he does seem to have fully recovered from the injuries. His attitude does not help either. EDF sent him a clear message to rethink about things. Nobody is in the position to make demands. Clearly not someone who has been out injured for whole year. Roma does not need personal issues and complaints. If does not fit in anymore better leave for other shores. Next game away to Empoli. Do it again! Forza Roma.
The City is ours! A big win for Roma, exactly what Eusebio Di Francesco was hoping for to regain trust in his men and to put behind the awful start. But also to regain trust from the fans.
The Derby was crucial in this sense. Losing was not an option. Draw acceptable. Winning was the dream. And so was it. The coach restarted from midweek 4-2-3-1 that was so successful against Frosinone. EDF turned back to Edin Dzeko to lead the line, while Florenzi went on to cover the right wing in place of Cengiz.
EDF’s side did manage to hold the fort, it was an even game but with Roma actually creating the half’s best scoring chances. After Pastore pulled off due to injury, Lorenzo Pellegrini decided to emulate him by scoring with a clever backheel, Pastore’s trademark so far this season. Lazio equaliser through Ciro Immobile gave way to lost hope for the Romanisti, until Kolarov free kick and Fazio secured the 3-1 final result. And well deserved. With great spirit, at last.
Pellegrini, Santon and the new kids on the block were impressive on the day but we need consistency. We must see them more often performing like this. Same for the rest of the team. So, we won the battle not the war. Next Plzen. Don’t stop me now. Forza Roma.
Awakening. Not to take for granted. Yet, Roma has won and convinced. And it does not matter that in front of us there was Frosinone. The team risked considering what we have seen so far, especially with Chievo and Bologna. A Frosinone team that might be the poorest team in the league, but that had held Juventus for 80 minutes only three days ago.
An answer that had to come, it was inevitable, a different result would have had catastrophic consequences for everyone, the club, technician, fans and the whole environment, A test of pride that had as the absolute star Cengiz Under, by far the best, executor of a great goal after 2 minutes, and Pastore, finally at ease in his natural role behind the strikers. The Argentine scores another goal with his back heel and powered excellent passes forward. Great display also by El Sharaawy, with De Rossi and Nzonzi big dams in the middle.
Santon had a good game on the wing, the impressive Luca Pellegrini in the final minutes and the confirmation of Zaniolo, two young players almost ready for the big launch. In short, many positive things in contrast with what ‘seen so far. The new formation 4-2-3-1 looks the one to exploit Pastore’s qualities, though with Lazio it will be a very different game. We are confident and hopeful,. We expect the same desire and the same proactive attitude. Yes, we can!
We continue on the same lines from the beginning of the season. Defense in the doldrums, midfield that runs little and badly, team that never moves the action, never a play in depth, forward nothing, with somany players not playing at all. And when you find the space we are mising easy chances. Then you concede the impossible to Bologna on the counterattack, a goal that you usually see in injury time. Then a confusing reaction, many crosses in the nothing to look for something or someone who is not there.
We are looking for solutions, but in a hurry, Frosinone and Derby are now decisive, the train in front goes away and then find the solutions now is fundamental, for the better or for the worse. At this moment they are are all responsible, club, players and technician, even though Di Francesco is the one who is less guilty, but probably the one who could pay for other people’s mistakes if things do not have to adjust quickly. But enough to give alibis to the players, especially to the senators, who by playing like this do not help the new ones and the young ones to enter the frame.
Enough excuses. Roma went ahead without Pjanic, Salah, Lamela, Rudiger, Benatia, Szcesny and company. And it will be like that too without Radja, Kevin and Alisson. You continue to play football. How the other teams do it. Now we’ll see if someone is just out of shape, listless or stand against a technician or club. We’ll see if it is so, because the coach has decided, will only play those who are motivated, out of those who do not lend themselves to sacrifice or those who pretend to play holders without having shown anything until now. You do not look at anyone anymore. Enough carrot, just stick now.
Roma suffers a hevy defeat at the Bernabeu. Anyone can lose to the European Champions, and that is not the point. The point is that Roma did not show much in this game, no fighting spirit, where all seemed improvised The defense is the same as last season but the mechanisms do not work the same. In the middle young Zaniolo was the massive suprise to start, meaning that EDF is well prepared to give a chance to anyone, regardless.
EDF he’s looking elsewhere, anyone that shows motivation and commitment, and this guy he’s a young player with a good future. Kolarov on the left is going through a difficult periods post World Cup, Nzonzi is too too slow, with Zaniolo the only who has tried to give some quick options to pass the ball. Dzeko looks a bit lazy, Schick just his bad shadow. Kluivert was left to watch in the stands when he could have been a good option. Olsen was the best on the night together with the immortal De Rossi and Cengiz, the only one stinging upfront.
The Bernabeu was fabulous, Real Madrid play great football, but personally I went to Spain to watch Roma, not Madrid. Before the game we met with Di Francesco, Monchi and some players for morning coffee. Hope to see our team back to good form soon, because the clock is ticking and only in ten days there is the derby against Lazio. But for now, it’s Bologna away and Frosinone at home. We must take 6 points, no excuses.