Roma got an early elimination from the 2017-18 Coppa Italia after having played a sloppy match at the Stadio Olimpico.
On Wednesday, Torino defeated Roma on the road demonstrating a good physical shape and confidence. Mihajlovic‘s men approached the match with the right mentality deserving to pass to the next round of the 2017-18 Coppa Italia.
Although in the last few months Di Francesco had implemented his turnover carefully, the Italian coach made a big mistake this time. He changed 10 men to his favorite starting 11 creating a tactical mess between his players. Questionable are his defensive choices as well. Palmieri operated on the left flank after a long period of inactivity while Hector Moreno played as a center-back for the first time during this season. Fazio and Manolas were ruled out of the match and Juan Jesus partnered with the Mexico captain composing a duo that never ever played together.
Silvestri‘s goal was triggered by a terrible defensive carelessness. Edera doubled the lead due to another sin of defensive weakness. Torino played his fair match defending the advantage with competitive nastiness and tactical wisdom. Although Roma tried to recover the match in the last few minutes, the Lupi showed off their bad side. Schick’s goal will be forgotten even if it was his first with Roma. This Coppa Italia game was probably considered a nuisance for the Lupi and Di Francesco didn’t confirm his positive attitude toward this competition.
“We can’t take the Coppa Italia lightly, – he said at Roma TV on Tuesday. We cannot underestimate any competitions. This is important to build up a winning mentality.”
Good intentions that he has denied by heavily reshuffling his starting 11. The Italian coach was wrong. He wasn’t thinking about winning the match against Torino. He was leaning toward Turin, mentally preparing a tactical strategy to collect important points against Juventus on Saturday.
After a few marvelous months leading the giallorossi with mastery and managerial acumen, Di Francesco slipped on a banana peel. This sudden fall has compromised one of Roma’s seasonal goals.