Slow midfield, shaky defense and blunt attack, poor quality in the plays and especially in the last steps. Roma flounders even if the desire is not lacking. The score is the same as seen in the last few games, you enter on with the right foot, then you make many mistakes, things get complicated and you try to fix it in some way, to get out of the mess. We must take the blame, for not having exploited the opportunities, for the blunders but above all to give in with a crash even against weaker but definitely more dynamic and organized lower formations on paper.
But there is also another score. Some players are out of shape and are not performing, first of all Zaniolo, Mikitaryan, Veretout and Abraham. Others are not ready yet, perhaps too young or not up to par. Mourinho repeats it and not by chance. They are not “purged” but simply out for technical or disciplinary reasons. The most successful coach in football history is not crazy or incapable. If these guys do not lend themselves and do not adapt, it is right to focus on other profiles. And then there are the negative, conditioning and frustrating episodes for players and fans. It is not a theorem nor a whine. They are facts, irrefutable.
Jose Mourinho does not seek alibis, but like us he demands a fair judgment. Another result could have come out against Lazio, Juventus, Napoli and Milan, and now even with Bodo there were at least two clear penalties that prevented Roma from winning the game. Despite all this, Roma is still fourth in the league around with Juve, Atalanta and Lazio, a few points behind Inter. With “normal” refereeing we would be in third place. And we remain in the running in the Conference League, despite the bad fool against a very well equipped team that gives a hard time.
It is an experimental Rome to be reconstructed, incomplete, to be shaped. We need to be patient in this transitional year, maybe when our best players wake up it will go better, then with the transfer market in January and some additions we must hope to finish fourth, the absolute priority. Then the conference, one more reason to try to go all the way. A new project is about to be born, with a solid and ambitious owner, a leading and winning technician who did not come here to winter, who knows how certain things go around here. If they put a spanner in the works, this time we have those who defend us with a drawn sword. United we go. Daje Roma.