The giallorossi leave the Stadio Bernabeu with zero points and 3 goals suffered. Di Francesco’s side has an identity crisis.
Today’s match highlighted the difference between Real Madrid and Roma on the international stage. Although the Lupi expressed great football last season reaching the Champions League semifinals, there’s something that must be fixed in this group. The transfer market has depleted a significant technical heritage trading out players of absolute experience.
Probably, Radja Nainggolan and Kevin Strootman would not have changed the outcome of this game but their agonistic rage would have benefited a group that seems totally without a soul.
Today, Roma confirmed a fatal seasonal trend. The backline is unable to defend and the midfielders are incapable to shield their teammates. In the first Champions League match of the 2018-19 season, Roma suffered 30 shots on goal, an embarrassing performance after the 23 from Atalanta and 13 from Chievo Verona at the Stadio Olimpico.
If we think that the effective time of a match is around 60 minutes, Real Madrid shot on target every two minutes. This is not acceptable even when facing one of the best teams in the world. The top performers of the match are all Real Madrid players and the Roma goalkeeper:
Player | Rating
- Isco: 8.9
- Modric: 8.4
- Kroos: 8
- Casemiro: 8
- Olsen: 7.7