By Joe Avicolli
Roma have finally returned to winning ways after earning a 1-0 away victory over Cesena on Sunday, though there are still many improvements to be made.
The Giallorossi had failed to win in their last five Serie A matches leading up to the clash with the Seahorses, with their last victory coming against Cagliari on February 8, and have now won just three league games since the start of 2015. This result has also allowed the Lupi to remain in second place and hold a one point lead over cross-city rivals Lazio, who have been on a tear as of late.
Daniele De Rossi was the hero of the match despite making several mistakes as he scored the only goal of the game, giving the visitors their much needed win. According to LegaSerieA.it, Roma had less possession than usual and only kept hold of the ball for 56% of the match compared to Cesena’s 44% of control. The capital city club also had a lower percentage of completed passes than normal as only 60% of their passes were successful, compared to the host side’s pass completion rate of 55%. Alessandro Florenzi had the most completed passes of the game with 54, with 79% of his passes ending in success.
Reports from WhoScored.com show that the Stadio Olimpico outfit dominated the attacking game throughout the clash, taking 15 shots at goal and landing four on target compared to Cesena’s one out of their seven total attempts on target. Gervinho led the way in attempts on goal with four, though only one ended up troubling the goalkeeper. The hosts had been awarded more corners than Rudi Garcia’s men, earning seven corners compared to the visiting side’s three corners. Roma heavily favored their right wing when it came to launching their attacking plays, making 52% of their attacks up the right side, while Cesena slightly preferred to attack up their left wing making 35% of their offensive plays on the left side. Davide Astori recovered the most balls in the match with 31, while Alessandro Florenzi had the most touches with 78 throughout the game. The goalscoring stand-in captain Daniele De Rossi was awarded man of the match with an 8.7 rating thanks to his heroics in front of goal.
Now that they’re out of the running for a European title, Roma can fully focus on solidifying second place and will prepare to battle a struggling Napoli side next in Rome on April 4 following the international break.