Europa League. Fonseca takes a big risk with an overturned team with five Spaniards on the field plus Fazio, JJ and Bruno Peres resting many players in view of the match against Milan. A gamble. In fact, it then took to revert those changes to overturn a game that was going badly. Fonseca tried in the hope that the reserves could bring home the result anyway. But despite Pedro on the pitch, Roma did not create and never shot on goal in the first half, apart from an opportunity that came out of Carles Perez, the best of his team.
It seemed like another one of those sad games to forget, those like last year with Wolfsberg. Static and sloppy and above all never dangerous upfront. But then even Young Boys didn’t do much, it wasn’t for a ridiculous penalty given by the referee. Pau Lopez did not save it but kept a good guard this time. But at least he seemed safer in goal. Negative notes instead for those who have not played for a long time like Karsdorp, simply unpresentable. JJ seemed like a player at the end of his career, while Fazio still succeeds tackling in the air but not with the ball on the ground where he no longer finds neither times nor measures.
Villar and Cristante suffered from opposing pressure in the middle of the pitch, especially the first one who never caught it. Finally, Mayoral, also insufficient on his debut. He’s a centre forward who sweeps to look for gaps, not like Dzeko who wants the ball on his feet. Edin immediately took the reins of the game as he came in as great champions do. As well as Michi, Spinazzola, Veretout and Pellegrini. With the changes, the game immediately took another turn. But also thanks to Kumbulla, who withstood a painful defense and then also scored the winning goal.
Bruno Peres performance was also poor, but with the merit of the goal that leads to the equalizer on a great pass from Dzeko that puts him in front of the goalkeeper. In the end, Roma took home three precious points, saving some energy. So it is all good that ends well. Monday night in Milan with fresh forces and lots of motivation to play a great game, this time with the regulars from the start. Including Gianluca Mancini, false positive at the Covid test. Destination San Siro against league leaders Milan. It will be a real match, tough alright against an on-form team. Yet an opportunity to give a strong signal to the rivals. It can be a breakthrough. We can! Daje Roma.