Good morning Roma and rest of the world. We have woken up thinking about what happened last night. Was it just a bad dream? The reality this morning is that we just cannot comprehend how Roma lost a match dominated for at least 70 minutes, hitting the internal side of the post 3 times, so unlucky not to be able to put a second goal against an Inter side that did not exist up to that point. We cannot comprehend why a clear penalty was denied, and why the new VAR technology was not applied for a circumstance like that. Why didn’t the referee asks for the VAR assistance , instead asking the officials “Who do I do now?” when he should be the one asking for the VAR replay. Why did the officials deny the VAR reply and why the referee decides for a corner kick instead, if the Inter defender did not touch Perotti or the ball. This is an absolute sham, a series of mistakes that cost Roma possibly 3 points, because if Roma had doubled the advantage it would have been a different game altogether. Let’s face it: Roma were robbed last night.
Inter were lucky enough to manage 4 shots in the Roma goal in 90 minutes and scoring 3. Thanks to Mauro Icardi’s impeccable skills in the penalty area. Of course, Roma lost a bit of touch after missing out doubling the advantage, Inter raised themselves somehow and turned the game around. But what hurt the most is listening to the Inter coach Luciano Spalletti, claiming Inter deserved to win, and that the penalty was not a penalty. Not to talk about Totti, and the Roma fans that whistled him before the game. Just in complete denial. Much better Eusebio Di Francesco, his analyisis was impeccable instead. His team was unlucky this time but we have seen a very good display by Roma, pity for the last 20 minutes, especially with the defense. Jesus was good on the right for a good part of the game, but then suffered Perisic badly. Fazio and especially Manolas were responsible for Icardi’s free range shots. Our best players on the pitch, Perotti, Kolarov and Dzeko. Perhaps, the only mistake made by EDF was making changes too late. Maybe Gonalons should have replaced De Rossi, and Cengiz Under for Defrel, since the young turk impressed when he came on. But there is no point talking about that now. We need to move on. Now, two weeks break for International duties, good time to regain confidence and injured players like Peres, Karsdorp and Florenzi. Hopefully, Patrik Schick will be a new Roma player by tomorrow. New ammunition for Roma. Head on! Forza Roma!
Stefano Sale, Roma Club Dublin @ASROMA.IE