The Giallorossi face Ranieri on Sunday, a coach who knows everything about Roma. But Fonseca could play two fast wingers to knock Sampdoria’s wall down.
When a new coach takes the leadership of a group in trouble there’s the possibility that players will react with pride and competitive fury. Claudio Ranieri will face his beloved Roma knowing its strengths and weaknesses. But the Giallorossi know everything about him as well.
There’s no time to think about the past albeit the love story between Ranieri and Roma has been brief but intense. Now the Italian coach is leading the next opponent of the Giallorossi and Fonseca must pay attention to his tactical mastery. The Portuguese coach could play Kluivert and Zaniolo on the flanks to help Kalinic at his first key performance since his arrival in the eternal city.
In the last Serie A home match against Cagliari, the Dutchman and the Italy international didn’t play their best match with the jersey of the Lupi, but their performance against Sampdoria could lead the group of the Italian capital to a pivotal win. 84% of accurate passes for Justin Kluivert in the last home clash at the Stadio Olimpico, and 75% for Nicolò Zaniolo. But the two jewels of the eternal city must do something more to overcome the wall Ranieri will probably setup.
If Roma will be able to break through the flanks, Kalinic may benefit from Kluivert and Zaniolo’s assists. But their dribble attempts percentage must highly improve (3 successful attempts out of 6 for the Dutch U-21 against Cagliari and only 1 out of 3 for the Italian midfielder).
If Zaniolo and Kluivert will also be able to reduce the percentage of possession lost (13 for the Italian against Cagliari and 14 for the Dutchman) then Sampdoria’s fullbacks could really suffer the greater technical ability of the Giallorossi.