Rubrica in inglese gestita dagli amici del Roma Club Dublino
We are back! Our Club have a new home! Buskers On The Ball, Temple Bar, Dublin. And Roma return to the field in Serie A. Finally. We were charged up for the event. We were up for it. And it was a winning start, best way to celebrate our new supporters Club.
The Match: After 40 years following AS Roma, I learned not to give too much importance to summer friendlies, that is nothing but the bad copy of real football, although the participation in prestigious tournaments such as the International Champions Cup is undoubtedly a nice window, but honestly does not offer enough ideas to evaluate an entire campaign and a preparation for football that counts.
Ready go. In Turin against the Granatas this new Roma revolutionized by Monchi, aroused much curiosity, in my view, and a little skepticism to others. Many new faces, but only one game plan in the lead, the 4-3-3, the favourite of Mister Di Francesco. Team selection was a bit obvious, the only surprise, in my view, Pastore in the midfield package. Surprised because the Argentine characteristics aren’t the same as Nainggolan, but much closer to the role of playmaker. Yesterday’s match reinforced this concept, in this sense. He did not have a great game, but it’s only the start of the season, we think EDF knows how to make the most with him on the pitch.
In the end, Roma take home three well-deserved points, not playing an exceptional game, but still creating some great chances hitting the woodwork three times. The subs Cristante for Pastore, and especially Justin Kluivert in place of Cengiz Under, gave an extra push to the team, In the end, Edin Dzeko netted with a great volley, thanks to a fantastic run by Kluivert, the great surprise of the day. The boy can be a potential crack, but it’s early days. Roma has an extra ace in the sleeve, waiting for Patrick Schick. Now it is up to Di Francesco to exploit everyone’s talents. The team is potentially strong, and seeing what happens elsewhere nothing is decided. Cristiano Ronaldo arrival at Juve certainly makes Juve strong favourites but the Scudetto is up for grab. Napoli and Inter will be there, too. Team play, mentality, consistency will count in the end. We are only at the beginning, the engine is heating up, well, head, legs and mind. Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico next on Monday night. We are ready to shout loud: Forza Roma!