Roma Suffers Sassuolo’s Open Plays

The Serie A home match against Sassuolo featured Roma‘s inability to contrast the development of the opponent’s actions. The defensive line suffered rapid counterattacks.




December is a month to forget for the giallorossi. Their performances in the last 30 days drastically dropped in efficiency weakening Di Francesco‘s tactical scheme. The opponents seem to be more confident when playing against the Lupi and even a very affordable home match leaves us with a bitter taste in our mouth.

Yesterday, the Stadio Olimpico was the stage of another disappointing performance by the giallorossi. Having kept Sassuolo in the game without scoring the second goal was a terrible mistake that Roma paid 10 minutes before the end of the match.

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Although Di Francesco’s men were effective at creating goalscoring opportunities through the development of proper strategies, the Lupi missed several goals, a key factor that can change the outcome of a match in the Serie A. On the other side, Iachini’s team often stole the ball from the opposition counterattacking rapidly and putting the Roma defensive line in trouble.

Roma suffered Sassuolo’s open plays (13) and the rapidity of its wingers. Politano and Ragusa were always ready to counterattack from the two sides supported by Duncan, a very good mid-left with strenght and endurance.

The home side conceeded 15 shots on goal to a team that is fighting for the relegation, a sign of weakness that highlights Roma’s bad moment.

Roma-Sassuolo Stats (WhoScored)

  • 20 Shots 15
  • Shots on target 5
  • 81% Pass Success % 65%
  • 55% Aerial Duel Success 45%
  • 14 Dribbles won 11
  • 17 Tackles 25
  • 66% Possession % 34%




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About Stefano Bernardini 2521 Articles
A Roman in New York achieving his dreams. Persistence can make extraordinary things happen. Editor of AS ROMA 360 | Calciomercato.it | Calcio e Finanza | Reporting on Major League Soccer.

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