Although yesterday’s defeat at Borussia-Park has complicated Roma’s situation in Group J, the Lupi seem to be improving anyway.
This is a group that plays with personality in the domestic league and on the international stage. The burning 2-1 defeat against Borussia M’Gladbach is not going to change the general feeling of a side that is slowly improving under the wise direction of a talented Portuguese coach.
Paulo Fonseca made only one change in his starting 11 yesterday. Santon played as a right-back replacing the injured Leonardo Spinazzola. Although Roma played a sloppy first half, the Giallorossi dominated the scene in the second 45 minutes. “This is football,” said Fonseca right after the Europa League clash. When you are not able to score goals, you may concede the winner at the last minute.
“This is a strong and unexpected disappointment,” said Javier Pastore. The Argentine played another good match as a trequartista. In that position right behind Dzeko, the midfielder is capable of shifting towards the sides and backward when needed. He is Fonseca’s marvelous discovery since the beginning of the season.
A defeat will not compromise the growth of a solid team.