Roma collected three deserve points at the Artemio Franchi in Florence dominating the second half. Fiorentina reacted well in the first 45 minutes before giving up.
Eusebio Di Francesco‘s turnover is boosting Roma’s energy giving to the roster that necessary confidence to play well on every field and in every competition. Right after the convincing Champions League win over Chelsea, football pundits were worried about Di Francesco men’s mental approach. But the Italian coach reshaped his team once more giving playing time to fresh players and managing the pace of the game, especially during the second half.
The first half showed off Fiorentina’s confidence and physical reactivity. Although Pioli‘s crew conceded two goals, the Viola have been able to come back. Right at the end of the first 45 minutes, Alisson saved the result two times denying the Viola of a probably deserved advantage.
The Lupi made the difference in the second half though. Di Francesco reorganized his guys on the field and thanks to a fortunate deflection by Manolas Roma got the lead.
Roma shot on goal 21 times with a 19% conversion rate. Its 12 open plays and 7 set piece made the difference. Nainggolan physicality in midfield, as well as the support provided by Strootman and Perotti in the second 45 minute, crashed the Viola. Roma dominated the scene thanks to a 79 pass success percentage, a 74 % of aerial duel success, 15 dribbles won, and 15 tackles won.
The Serie A match against Fiorentina told us, once more, that Roma is a pretty solid team with a great tactical foundation and strength in every zone of the field.