By Joe Avicolli
Roma cannot seem to find their footing in the Serie A after dropping points yet again in their 0-0 draw with Chievo at the Stadio Bentegodi on Sunday.
This most recent result has given the Giallorossi eight draws in their last nine league matches and also gives Juventus a chance to extend their first place lead to 11 points with a win over Sassuolo on Monday. The capital city club are also once again at risk of losing second place if Napoli can secure a victory against Inter on Sunday, as three points would put the Partenopei just two points behind the struggling Lupi.
Rudi Garcia’s men were able to play their dominant passing game as usual, but still lacked the much-needed finishing touch that has mostly escaped them since the start of 2015. According to LegaSerieA.it, the visitors held strong possession of the ball for 58% of the match while their hosts only managed to keep control of the ball for 42% of the clash. Roma’s pass completion rate was lower than in their most recent games, as they were only able to complete around 67% of their total passes made, though Chievo’s rate was even smaller than that with just 52% of their passes being completed. The top five list of players with most successful passes throughout the game was taken over by Roma players, with Alessandro Florenzi leading the way with 53 completed passes.
Roma managed to take a total of 11 attempts on goal, with only three landing on target, while the Flying Donkeys landed two out of their eight attempts on target. Leandro Parades and Francesco Totti were tied for most shots as both blasted the ball at goal three times each, though all were unsuccessful. The Lupi were awarded eight corner kicks compared to the Gialloblu’s four, but the two teams were unable to capitalize off of those chances as well. Both sides favored the wings when it came to making attacking plays, with the Stadio Olimpico outfit making 39% of their offensive plays up the right wing and Chievo making 48% of their attacks up the left wing. Kostas Manolas tallied up the most recovered balls with 32 and was followed closely behind by team-mate David Astori, who had recovered 27 balls throughout the match. According to WhoScored.com, Manolas was the man of the match, which says a lot about the type of game that was played.
The capital city club will now have to worry about overcoming Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday before their next Serie A clash against Sampdoria and will most certainly need to work on their offensive tactics if they hope to finish this campaign on a high note. The Scudetto may already be out of reach for Garcia’s boys, but the coach should do his best to make sure he can at least lead his team to a second place finish and a possible Europa League victory.