The Giallorossi collect three points in the Serie A home game against Empoli scoring two goals without wasting energy.
It seemed to be clear the Nainggolan & Co. were already thinking about the big Coppa Italia clash against Lazio that will take place on Tuesday at the Olimpico stadium in Rome.
In the first half Spalletti’s guys were underperforming. Although at the end of the first 45 minutes Roma returned to the locker rooms leading 1-0 thanks to the opportunistic goal scored by Edin Dzeko after a deflected header by Antonio Ruediger, the overall performance of the Giallorossi was disappointing. The team was not able to find the right rhythms of the game and comfortably control the operations.
Martusciello’s team pressured Roma’s midfielders forcing them to make mistakes and not putting them in the condition to serve the offensive trio. Empoli, a team with obvious offensive weaknesses “risked” getting the lead a couple of times thanks to effective and rapid game plays.
Roma-Empoli 2-0: maximum results with minimum effort
In the second half, the situation didn’t change that much. Roma kept the result and doubled the lead thanks to the killer instinct of its Bosnian star Edin Dzeko but the overall performance of the guys remained insufficient. Wojciech Szczęsny saved the result thanks to a wonder save on a crossing shot from close range that could have changed the course of the game.
After the final whistle, we can say that the general evaluation of the match is that Roma got the maximum results with minimum effort. The three points collected put the Giallorossi 5 points below Juventus and 5 ahead of Napoli consolidating its second place in the standings.
The upcoming big clash between Napoli and Juventus will let Roma gain points on a rival or both. Whatever happens will be a success but if Napoli will defeat the Black-and-White of Turin, Spalletti’s guys could still hope to reach the Top of the standings.