Roma, A Structural Collapse With Deep Roots

Eusebio Di Francesco - AS Roma

Statistical data are useful for monitoring the performance of a team, but behavioral factors make the difference.

Fiorentina defeated Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday. The Viola played a very conservative match defending their fortress tirelessly and counterattacking remorselessly. Analyzing the game from a numerical point of view, it is not clear how EDF’s guys have lost 0-2.

Statistical data speak clearly…

  • Shots 25-3
  • Shots on Target 8-3
  • Shots in the Box 12-2
  • Possession % 71-29
  • Passing Precision % 80-56
  • Passing Precision Opp Half % 76-44
  • Duels Won % 55-45




The numbers seem to be overwhelming. The Giallorossi should have triumphed with at least two goals gap in front of their fans. However, today we are analyzing a structural collapse with deep roots.

During the season, Roma always had problems in scoring goals. Salah’s departure and the arrival of a new coach have not compensated for the technical and motivational limits that have historically afflicted the Giallorossi.

The search for normality started by Luis Enrique and so much preached by Spalletti, Di Francesco, Baldissoni, and Monchi seems to be still far away. Rome and Roma are places that are too happy for players who do not seem to maintain the right concentration to face the sporting commitments with the necessary competitive nastiness.

The problem, however, also goes back to the questionable management of the club. Pallotta is doing great things for the team of the Italian capital, no doubts about that. But his trading policy failed on a technical standpoint at this time. Even if the accounts of the Giallorossi are improving, football is mainly based on technical values.

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Salah, Paredes, Rudiger, and Palmieri have been traded out but their substitutes haven’t fil the technical gap. Under is a great talent and Monchi’s great discovery but the other purchases have disappointed the fans. Schick does not seem to be useful in a 4-3-3, Gonalons has not adapted to Italian football, Defrel does not have the necessary charisma and mental strength to make the leap in quality and even Pellegrini does not seem to have the necessary slyness required to face the pressures of Rome. 

The current results are inconsistent. The Lupi closed the 2016-17 season just four points behind Juventus while nowadays the Bianconeri and the Giallorossi have a 21 point gap! In the past season, Roma centered the second position in the standings qualifying for the Champions League while today, EDF’s men are struggling to enter in the first four positions valid to play the most important European competition for clubs again!

There are many doubts in the Roma roster and many people can be blamed for that. Although the bad luck factor has always been relevant at Trigoria, due to repeated injuries to key players, this is the time to reform a project that has solid foundations but actors without the necessary charisma. The Roma management needs to impose attitudes and professionalism that can lead to victory.

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About Stefano Bernardini 2993 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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