11 February 2018. Roma-Benevento ended 5-2. I remember that evening well, even though I didn’t see the game. Also on that occasion Edin Dzeko scored. Even that evening Roma scored their fifth goal at the end. Defrel yesterday and Perez today. Roma wins 5-2 again with lots of similarities. And congratulations to Benevento. A team that took the field to play it openly, without fear, once again capable of giving a hard time for at least 60 minutes.
Roma risked a lot, then thank goodness certain class values came out and the game was wrapped up happily in our favour. Upfront Roma has a devastating attack for anyone but in the middle and above all at the back gross mistakes were made that could have cost us dearly. But we saw some fighting spirit, we saw a team that seems united and that does not melt in the face of the first negative episode.
Above all, Edin Dzeko. His great performance, unique for how he comes back to help, for how he defends the ball and serves assist for his teammates. And above all he returned to scoring with a nice brace. Pedro is the other champion. Still scoring and decisive on the pitch for desire and winning mentality. Still positive notes for Mirante who continues to do well and gives security to his teammates. He also stopped a penalty initially, which hadn’t happened for a long time. Then the great goal by Carles Perez, who with the many Spaniards is another ace up his sleeve for Fonseca, waiting for Smalling.
And then he himself, the technician. After the bad match with Sevilla, he hasn’t lost a match on the pitch since July, even if many outings and performances have not entirely convinced. But it also has many extenuating circumstances. The new owners has been in Rome for 2 months to continue to understand, continue to follow the team and everything that revolves around the club. There are still many shadows on the technician, so far an ‘endorsement’ has never arrived for unlimited trust, a sign of continuity. Instead it continues to go on to the bitter end, along the lines game by game.
If you aim to raise the bar with a Max Allegri for example, maybe, but they did it immediately. It would be fair and best for everyone. But so waiting for the first tumble to eventually send Fonseca away makes no sense. New course, new coach and goodnight. But if this new course were Sarri instead, then I would think twice. In the meantime, I think about the pitch, to pay a visit to league leaders Milan with Ibra is an opportunity to reach the top of the table. Something tells me we’re going to have a great match. But first, let’s meet the Young Boys! Daje Roma!