The Champions League first clash against Real Madrid is over but albeit Roma’s defeat was predictable other signals are worrisome.
Let’s use numbers to explain the tough moment Roma are experiencing since the beginning of the season.
The giallorossi ended the 2017-18 campaign kicking Barcelona out of the international stage and playing a superb return match of the Champions League semifinals against Liverpool FC. The Lupi also collected the direct access to the following edition of the competition.
What should have been a new great adventure with Eusebio Di Francesco at the helm of the ship is, instead, an unexpected nightmare for Roma and their passionate fans.
Data can help us to understand something more. In the first 5 matches of the 2018-19 campaign, the giallorossi won only 1 game (Torino) and lost in 2 occasions (AC Milan and Real Madrid).
Their defensive issues seem to be very relevant. Di Francesco’s side has already suffered 10 goals. Manolas and Fazio are not a solid pair anymore. Kolarov is physically struggling on the left flank. Florenzi and a Karsdorp are decently covering their side of competence without impressing anybody for stamina or sublime plays.
Adding further negative notes to an almost dramatic start to the season, we can take a look at the shots on goal conceded by Roma in the first 5 matches, 102!
The Lupi are not hungry anymore. Di Francesco’s men have conceded more than 20 shots on goal in 3 occasions.
Roma’s structural collapse is not presumed but real. The Italian coach must find a solution as soon as possible or his boat will sink in the middle of the storm.