Genoa–Roma ends 1-1 at Marassi stadium. Ballardini‘s men attitude leveled the value on the field putting the giallorossi in trouble. A disappointing result for the team of the Italian capital.
There’s a fine line between attitude and humility. When a group of players demonstrates both of them even adding the necessary attention to face a top club the result is a success. This is what happened at Marassi stadium on Sunday. Genoa perfectly covered every side of the field diminishing Roma’s dangerousness. The Lupi couldn’t find the right spaces to pass the ball through and to unlock the opposite defensive line.
Ballaradini’s men studied the game carefully clogging their side of the field and counterattacking when it was possible. Although the Lupi had gotten the lead with El Shaarawy but conceded a deserved penalty ‘thanks’ to De Rossi‘s moment of madness, Di Francesco‘s men seemed to experience difficulties since the beginning of the match.
Stats are there to confirm that Genoa fiercely defended its fort tackling every opponent with attitude, humility, and attention. Izzo made six tackles, Bertolacci and Rigoni three, Laxalt two. In my view, Roma lacked in creativity being unable to unlock a match that was tough since the beginning.