It will go down in history as the Derby of the poor seagull. Immediately after the threefold whistle of the referee, a real smash started to tease the Lazio fans especially on the various social media. The Rome derby is also this. The Giallorossi triumph is overwhelming but almost unexpected. I was very afraid of Lazio, not because of being superior, far from it, just because the Giallorossi up to now have always proved to be discontinuous and unreliable. But if Roma play like Roma, we beat Lazio. This is my pre-game thought.
If we perform typical performances against Atalanta, Napoli or Juve up to a certain point, then we win. But the last three games weren’t reassuring at all. Team subdued, lackluster, does not sting, does not shoot at goal. This team is moody, too difficult to understand. It’s a lottery game. And here, once again, when you least expect it, comes the sumptuous performance, near perfection . This time even better than the victory in Bergamo. The best of the season, in the Mourinho era. Immediately on the pitch with a strong spur, great desire and character, a lot of determination that even surprises the Lazio players after only 56 seconds. Then only a monologue up to the 90th. Lazio stunned and inexorably beaten by two slaps of Abraham and a jewel of Pellegrini.
Tammy is everywhere, fights like a brave with the world, front and back, and scores a brace. A giant. But also his teammates, all of them, from Karsdorp’s crosses to Smalling in defense, Miki’s plays and above all the bulldozer Cristante, a dam together with Oliveira. Great Zalewsky, confident and mature. Rui without rating. Note of merit for Lorenzo Pellegrini, one of the worst in recent times, much criticized. Great technique and various spells including masterful free kick in top corner. He came from a bad injury. He was back to his levels. We need it too much.
Tammy is just waiting to be served, he could score a lot more goals. It was also the right time to reverse the trend. He needs to give continuity in the league and cup. They must reach the level of Josè Mourinho, our true champion. With the right mindset. The special is right, the derby is for the fans to celebrate, they don’t, they have to get back focused immediately, to grind straight away for the next goal. To beat Sampdoria and Salernitana after the break, another false step would be unforgivable, after the many opportunities so far thrown away. You need to give continuity.
Next chapter, after Italy fracass out of the World Cup once again. The Euro Champions pay the heavy price, unable to beat Bulgaria, N. Ireland and Switzerland. And now, North Macedonia, the ultimate punch in the face. A massive blow for Italian football. A new era approaches, only nine months later from that historical win in Wembley. Bella ciao.
In the league, Roma have not lost since early January , from that still burning defeat against Juve. Then again only in the Italian Cup against Inter. A long positive streak ever since. All very well were it not for those many draws. The intermittency trend continues, some great games, some good wins but then many other poor performances.
In the last three games with Vitesse, Udinese and again with the Dutch, the team did not play well and did not shoot on goal. Only in the last seconds, almost always scoring with Abraham, 21 goals so far, with numbers already at the level of Batistuta and Montella. Qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Conference League is a relief given how we got there. So much suffering for a result that led to today’s draws against Bodo Glimt. Deja vu. The best opportunity to get revenge and sweep away the norwegians to get in the semifinals.
However, too many hiccups for a team that too often denotes obvious technical and personality limits. But also some player’s position. Zaniolo and Pellegrini in the first place, it must be evaluated. Roma today is also this. We just have to hope that Mou finds the way as soon as possible. For sure next year the club will have to intervene to further strengthen the squad.
A playmeaker like Pizarro or De Rossi is what we need, first. Mourinho is aware of this. But also the Roma supporters, who for now have understood and loudly supports the team regardless. The victory with Vitesse brings us to the quarter-finals of the cup, but also an extra boost, the awareness that with Lazio it will not be a match like any other. A Derby is not played, it is won. Come on. Daje Roma!