It’s getting harder and harder. Trying to explain what is Roma up to these days is not an easy one. From the bad results on the pitch, to the pile of injuries, to finish with the club management. Who has a clue?
From the pitch another night of dismay; a team unable to get back to what it was until mid november; unable to produce football and ultimately find the net. Last night we were all convinced Roma would show something at last, only 3 days after the lastminute draw in Genoa.
Instead, here we are again, talking about a terrible approach in the first half, a reaction later but with no real gameplan, once again struggling to convert chances. On top of that another penalty wasted with Samp happy to hurt on the break. Our keeper once again man of the match.
We have no understanding of what’s going on right now, and have no prescription either. What we know is Roma are throwing away another season. No idea what is going on at management level either, the role of Monchi, Gandini, and Baldini in London, what are the real objectives if capable of selling key players in January, then the role of Totti, for us he should be playing, this Roma team needs its real Capitano. Then, who can explain the pile of injuries and so on. Only at Roma? EDF looks as if he does not know himself. Do they?
Dzeko snatches the equalizer in injury time to save Roma from another disaster, but how many chances wasted and what kind of referee to deny once again justice, for a Roma team revived at last. It was grotesque to see referee Orsato somehow reverting his linesman decision to punish a foul on Strootman, then the Sampdoria player delivers the ball that causes the VAR to decide a penalty in favour of the home team. Just before that, the ref ignored two clear hand balls in the Samp penalty area, denying any VAR intervention. Is this the way forward?
In spite of the negative events, Roma were a better team last night, at least trying hard to overcome market rumours and the recent bad form. Sampdoria did threat at times, but it was Roma who created at least 7 clear chances, the scoring ability still missing but also a few jinxed situations denied Di Francesco’s men from netting 3 points. Good news: Youngster Mirko Antonucci was a big surprise, showing skills and providing Dzeko with the equalizer when he came on.
Other positive note was Patrik Schick, at last showing off what he’s capable of, lovely technique, he was a thorn on the side of Sampdoria defense. But what future has he on the wing? Will he step in for Dzeko in the centre if the bosnian leaves for Chelsea? On the left flank, Kolarov is struggling, defalted and out of pace, he’s not up to his standards. Emerson Palmieri shoud really stay, or definitely Monchi needs to sign another player an alternative.
Seria A table looks grim at the moment, with Napoli and Juve battling for the Scudetto, Lazio flying for third spot, Roma and Inter to fight for fourth place and qualify fort next Champions League camnpaign. Sad but true. Next Sunday, a replay fixture against Sampdoria, let’s get the 3 points this time! Always Forza Roma!
Reflections and indigestions: Victory vanished with only 5 min from the end, 3 points gone, players with cramps, ended up defending with backline of 5 ; Peres just irritating and a super Alisson. This sums up Roma’s latest disappointment.
Better than Inter in the first half, good runs and pressing, but without creating much, until finds the advantage with El Sharaawy on the break. Second half that finds Roma completely unprepared, a sudden physical decline, no longer pressing the opposition, so the whole team disappears. El Sharaawy and Gerson with cramps and unsuitable field replacements.
Di Francesco opts to play with 5 defenders hoping to resist Inter’s attacking force, Roma saved many times thanks to Alisson, but then the Nerazzurri take advantage and sneak the equalizer with Vecino with afree header in the penalty area in the final minutes. Result 1-1. So it ends up at the San Siro, a useless draw, a bad result for two teams in deep crisis.
Now double challenge between Sampdoria-Roma, on Wednesday and Sunday, with the transfer market window looming, and Dzeko and Emerson very close to join Chelsea. But it is not over yet. Even with these possible departures, Roma will have to take on someone. Objective must be to exploit Schick as a striker, Defrel to be his replacement in the middle or on the right flank, sign the likes of Darmian to tampon the right / left band, send away Peres if possible, and try to start again.
Finishing in forth spot is the new objective, with Inter and Lazio direct competitors. We hope for the well. Always and in any case. Forza Roma!
Defeat. Worse. How to waste any scudetto hopes in between December and January every year. Hard to swallow.
If drawing against Genoa, Chievo, Sassuolo was not enough, here’s Atalanta coming to take 3 points away on our soil. Roma were in the clouds especially in defense in the first half; in second half Atalanta went down to 10 men, but even withan extra man did not make a comeback.
You could say that Roma were a bit unlucky at times but have to admit, it was not enough. Atalanta just showed more hunger, more character and were better organised. And cannot blame the absence of Nainggolan and De Rossi. Roma did not make any better even with them on the pitch. So, lots to sort out by Eusebio Di Francesco during the holidays. Out of the Italian Cup with titles hopes now near zero. Champions League here we come!
Let’s rewind 2017. We had so many events to remember here in Dublin and travelling overseas. Back in February we travelled together to Villarreal CF for the UEFA Europa League, then more recently to Chelsea Football Club and Atlético de Madrid for the Champions League. Such amazing trips! Some of the lads took also several trips to Rome with our club banner to watch Roma at the Stadio Olimpico, as always.
Of course, we were at the Stadio Olimpico sitting around the press section to witness the last game ever played by the King 👑 of Rome – Francesco Totti. We felt privileged to be able to watch his farewell live both on the pitch and on the press TV monitors, such as emotional and unforgettable day for all Roma fans.
In the summer we participated in the first Italian Clubs Tournaments in Dublin battling against the other Italian football fan clubs, and yes they got some really good stick from us:). Literally! Thanks to Milan Club Dublin to make it happen! Our Christmas 🎄 Party 🎉 of course recently at Bar Italia was the latest event this year, another great day!
Here we are, it’s the end of 2017. Disappointing results between Christmas and New Years Eve, once again against Sassuolo the team showed lack of some mental fitness and physical strength; VAR and two goals disallowed, lots of debatable issues, with Dzeko and Schick at the very centre of the debate.
Roma were just incapable of wrapping up the match, pity to lose points like this, lost more ground against Juve and Napoli, but this Roma team has potential, we are convinced, we’ll bounce back!
AS Roma Ireland – Roma Club Dublin wishes Carlo Zampa-Popolo Giallorosso and all our readers a healthy and prosperous 2018. Daje Roma!
The after-match press conference by Eusebio Di Francesco was by far the best we have seen from Roma last night. Just impeccable. He explained that his men were told to attack the Juve backline, pressing and squeezing them in their half, Strootman and De Rossi to tackle and prevent Miralem Pjanic from moving around in the middle of the park, Nainggolan to range around much closer to the Juve goal and try to fire shots at them, Perotti and El Sharaawy to fly on the wings and skittle around to assist Edin Dzeko in the middle of the penalty area. That was the game plan.
EDF was very swift to show his disappointment with Roma’s first half, he was very honest and clear about what he felt about it, that he has been working on the players’ mindset since appointed in the summer. Last night it was a big opportunity to show that this team have now developed a different approach and mentality in big games like this. He went on to remark that what he saw last night in the first half was just the opposite of his instructions he gave the team just before the match.
Alisson was by far man of the match. EDF was very annoyed at how the defence handled the Benatia goal incident, how the keeper made some incredible saves while the defense stayed completely still watching the Juve defender trying three times from the same spot until he was able to put it in the back of the net in total freedom. He voiced out that his wingers did not push on the wings, that Nainggolan never tried to get upfront, that the midfield was taken over by Pjanic and co. in absolute liberty, and of course, just went sarcastic at the biggest chances of all, as the night concluded with Schick unable to convert the most glorious opportunity, alone in front of Szczęsny in the very dying seconds. “He will score more important goals in the future”, his comment. EDF is definitely ready, now the team must follow.
Happy Christmas to all readers! Always Forza Roma!
Di Francesco thought even Team B could qualify Roma for the next round, but reality showed a different outcome. Too many changes at the back did not pay off. A complete new defense backline with Jesus and Moreno in the centre, Peres and Emerson on the wings, but they did not impress, especially in the first half.
In the midfield and forward things went sligtly better, with EL Sharaawy very active and unlucky not to score, lethal was that incredible strike to hit the crossbar..Schick worked ahard but did not shine even as a centreforward, and Cengiz on the wing did not sting. Gerson, Gonalons and Strootman looked overwhelmed by the Torino counterparts in the midlle of the park, things were not going to improve unless something changed.
An in fact, the second half was quite different with Perotti, Pellegrini and Dzeko on, but the Bosnian missed a crucial penalty that could take Roma back on track. Why did Perotti not take that is a mystery. Roma had several opportunities to score, eventually Roma grabbing one back with Schick’s first goal, but it was too late..The Torino sub-keeper was superb, the brother of Lazio’s midfielder Milinkovic-Savic, of course.
So, Roma are knocked out the Italian Cup, pity, a wasted opportunity to win a trophy missing now for 10 years. No time to get low, with the Juve clash only two days away. Head up, we must bounce back, we expect a great performance regardless, hoping for a great Christmas present.
Six minutes of injury time and two more of the VAR. A heart-stopping ending, Roma could not unlock the Cagliari defense, a penalty badly wasted by Perotti after the VAR intervention. Then, so much effort but Roma could not create decent chances, a sterile maneuvering, so much confusion, a game plan that did not work.
When it seemed too late here it came, the last gasp of Commander Fazio in full injury time. So muhj joy that quickly disappeared with another VAR intervention. The referee stops the stadium’s enthusiasm. Suspense, like in a movie. “Now they will find a foul, a push, an arm ..” Then the confirmation: goal validated, the stadium jubilant again for the second time, a liberating scream, stuff not really suitable for the faint-hearted..
The danger of another draw dismissed. But Roma did not look good during construction phase, from midfield upwards. Instead, well the defense that does not concede goals, almost never in gtrouble, Cagliari has never even come close to our half. Midfield and attack, not a good display. The Dzeko-Schick pair did not work, Edin is not in shape, Patrik is not ready yet tactically. So much confusion between the twos.
If the three points had not arrived there would be an open trial and a lot of criticism for yet another draw and the team that does not perform as good as up until recently. But the three points have arrived, thank goodness, no controversy then, now we need to stay cool and be patient, continue to support this group that is doing very well. Now head to Torino in the Italian Cup. We must win to go though, winning the Italian Cup must be a real objective. Then we will think about Juventus..Daje and Forza Roma!
As against Genoa, we are angry for having lost two more points, so many unexploited opportunities and the miracles of “Saint Sorrentino” on goal, the Chievo keeper, superb today but conceded five against Inter last week.. Juventus and Inter, with Napoli drawing as well today, this it was a golden opportunity to get under it, to put pressure on the leading pack… at least everything remains unchanged, thank goodness, we have not lost ground.
Apart from the great vein of the goalkeeper of Chievo, we must also say that Roma has not capitalised the many opportunities, too many mistakes and also a lot of bad luck with Schick debuting from the start, then Gerson, El Sharaawy and Kolarov, with Cengiz, Perotti and Dzeko coming on in the second half. Edin has confirmed is not exactly in the best of the form, a couple of incredible opportunities he did not take. And anyway, luck has not smiled at Roma today, really unlucky for the many occasions created. Pity..
Tomorrow the Champions League draw, then Cagliari arrives at the Olimpico. We can not make mistakes anymore. Opportunity to pay homage to Lando Fiorini, a great Romanista singer. Today many chants for him from the Roman legion in the Bentegodi stadium in Verona. “We have a big heart, half yellow and half red”. Goodbye Lando, a true Roman but even more, a true romanista!