Ready to begin again. The Serie A resumes, Roma resumes. New tactician, new game play, new players. New directors for a new football idea. Summer friendlies, good performance and others not so good; Some regrets for those who left, some doubts about some newcomers and the usual controversies and pre-championship reflections. But above all, it starts without Totti in the field. This is a new Roma team, and not just because the Captain is no longer at the helm after 25 years. Besides, he still here with us, alongside Eusebio and Monchi. We trust Radja Nainggolan to be able to take the team in hand with Daniele De Rossi, our new Captain.
It is still an experimental Roma, without some key players, yes, but we expect another one or two to complete the team. At least, numerically we are in a better position than last year. But only the field will tell if we are stronger and more competitive. We will certainly not make any calculations or make hasty judgments based only on friendly matches. We remember that in 1983 Roma were defeated by third division Trento for 3-0, and then they went on to conquer the second scudetto for this club. This is to say that summer football counts zero and that to give final judgments we will have to wait. So, as far as we are concerned, no prior judgment, we give the right time to Di Francesco, even though the Roma crowd do not wait.
Tomorrow we begin with Atalanta-Roma. Juve and Napoli have already won and took 3 points. The important thing is to start well, because if the results did not come right then it would be hard to keep calm. Last but not least, our Club, we restart as well, we have unveiled a new website with so many features and services for our members. And we also proud to continue our beautiful collaboration with Carlo Zampa and Popolo Giallorosso with this space at the service of our English-speaking readers. We continue to grow together. Go on Roma.
“Chronicle of an expected victory; so it seems. Yet, the recent videoleaks about Radja Nainggolan did not help preparing this match away in Calabria.
Juventus were nearly held here only three days ago, hanging on a nil nil draw after one hour of play. Roma had an easier task when they were awarded a dubious penalty in the first half – only to be squandered by Edin Dzeko. But Roma were full in control, conscious that soon or later could break the deadlock.
Who else? RadjaNainggolan once again proved to be the cracking player he is by inventing the first goal to put Roma in the lead. Dzeko eventually doubled thanks to a great pass by Paredes, and Salah assist. Then, ordinary management and three points. Roma at -7 to Juve, +2 over Napoli.
Next Villarreal, first leg in Spain on Thursday. Then, Torino at home. February is the most important part of the season, league, Europa league and Coppa Italia against Lazio. The new stadium plans are also at the last stage of approval. A lot at stake! Daje Roma!”.
Third consecutive win in 2017 with the same score line. One nil. Exactly what critics argued for. Roma were urged to start winning more matches like this, a team able to break the deadlock in difficult situations.
Tonight it was exactly one of those games. Unable to breakthrough. Edin Dzeko was involved in most cases, happened to be the game changer. First, he squandered an incredible easy chance, until he eventually managed to score from the most akward situation in the second period. He was then unlucky with a header, denied by the crossbar.
Cagliari proved to be hard to beat, they were heavily lined up at the back defending, then posed some threat on the break but they did not manage a single serious attempt. Our three at the back were simply perfect. Fazio commanded the backline with impressive leadership. Their keeper made a couple of miracles to keep the scoreline at one nil. So, in the end what matters is that we bag three points and keep our chase alive.
Juve at one point, with one game in hand. Next Sampdoria again, away. They keep on winning but we don’t let go either. With Napoli in the scramble as well it’s getting more and more interesting. Keep up the pressure! Daje!