The away victory at the Dacia Arena against Udinese demonstrated Roma’s ability to change tactical scheme and gameplay.
The Lupi collected the third consecutive Serie A win restarting a consistent hunt for a Champions League spot. The International competition is very important for Roma‘s coffers and Di Francesco‘s guys now seem to be back on track.
In the last few weeks, we mentioned that EDF’s tactical scheme had changed. His 4-3-3 developed into a more profitable 4-2-3-1 but in reality, the position of a few key players slightly changed. It’s true that Radja Nainggolan is playing a bit more offensively and that El Shaarawy and Under are forming a trident behind Dzeko, but the real variation is that the Turkish talent is making the difference at this time.
This is noticeable if we take into consideration his influence on the Roma offensive strategies. In the first period of his adventure in the Italian capital, the Turk hasn’t been able to adapt and play consistently but now he is a force of nature. Therefore, we can say that the giallorossi shifted offensive zone.
Those that are passionate about tactics would remember that often we praised Roma’s left chain for its efficiency. Kolarov and Perotti made the difference on a weekly basis providing a great propulsion on that flank. A few things have changed in the last period. Kolarov is tired and EDF decided to sit him on the bench at the Dacia Arena. Perotti, instead, suffered an injury that compromised his latest performances.
December will be recalled by the Roma fans as a very bad period for the squad but now something seems to be different. Cengiz Under is in the spotlight and Florenzi, albeit he is still not a perfect right-back, is helping him on that flank. The stats are there to confirm that EDF’s team is more prone to attack from the right rather than the left. In the last Serie A match against Udinese, the Lupi operated on that front 42% of the time (left 26%; middle 31%).
Roma shifted its offensive side thanks to the marvelous performances of the Turk.