Data by Opta stats
The match valid for the third week of the Serie A between Roma and Cagliari has been really easy to analyze. Already before the game many of us knew of the great difference in quality between the two teams and the playing pitch just confirmed this huge gap. Roma easily won the clash thanks to a greater control of the ball and players of higher quality and experience. In just 12 minutes Roma virtually closed the match thanks to Destro’s first goal of the season (9′) and Florenzi’s first goal after six months of abstinence (12′).
As they did in the previous three matches, Champions League included, Roma confirmed the great quality of their midfield line that against Cagliari was composed of Keita, De Rossi, and Nainggolan. Even statistics confirm that Roma won these matches thanks to the incredible possession of the ball that their midfielders were able to perform throughout the match. They were able to manage the pace of the game in order to decide when it was the moment to attack or to get rest. Against Cagliari Roma were able to perform 532 passes while Cagliari only 352. It’s particularly interesting to highlight that Roma managed the game with their central axis, Manolas, De Rossi and Keita. Statistics tell us that these three players are at the top of the list in reference to the “pass combinations“. The Greek defender served to De Rossi 13 passes while Roma idol returned to him 18 passes. This is the demonstration that after the two goals scored Roma just decided to manage the game and save energy. The Malian player played a key role in Roma’s win against Cagliari as well. Keita served 14 passes to De Rossi and the “Capitan futuro“, as Roma’s fans like to call him, returned 11 passes to the former Barcelona and Valencia midfielder.
Statistics also tell us that Roma were, once again, very accurate when shoting on goal. Against Cagliari Roma shot on goal 7 times but on target only 3 times scoring 2 goals. Cagliari’s total attempts were 9 while only 2 times on target.
It’s also very interesting to analyze that Roma kept the possession of the ball for long time but in their half of the pitch. The data are clear about this situation…Roma’s possession were 58.1% but the portion of the pitch in which this possession was developed was just 43.5% while that of Cagliari was 56.5%. These stats highlight that Roma totally controlled the match right after the two goals scored but also that most of the time they did it in their in their three-quarters of the field without going to attack Cagliari’s defensive line.