We are in the final stretch of the Serie A Season, AS Roma travel to Milan with confidence in their stride in a big week for the club. Back-to-back wins in the Europa League and in Serie A on Sunday have seen a new lease of life shown at the back end of the season.
Before the Derby Della Capitale on Saturday evening, Roma travel to Milan to take on the newly crowned champions of Serie A Inter Milan. Something must give in this game, in the Paulo Fonseca vs Antonio Conte battle we have seen 3 draws in the 3 games played. 0-0 in Milan in 2019, 2-2 in Rome in July 2020, and this season it was 2-2 again in January 2021.
There has been a massive change of structure and the way Roma have been playing in the last few games. The change of formation has helped in the two games against Manchester United and Crotone at the weekend. Roma looked very stodgy and quite limited in recent weeks but have been given a new lease of life, the shackles that have been wrapped around the ankles in previous months have been loosened.
The switch to a 4-2-3-1 has been massive for confidence for the players and Roma have been creating chances. 45 shots on goal in the last two games, this is what we expected under Paulo Fonseca when he first took the reign. It is now delivering at the end of his reign.
A player who has impressed in the last three games is Ebrima Darboe, 19-year-old Gambian midfielder has been fantastic as one of the double pivots alongside Bryan Cristante in the Roma midfield. What really stood out was his maturity in the game on Sunday evening, just a couple of minutes into the game he is instructing older player in the starting XI what to do with the ball. He is the future of AS Roma and will flourish in the setup at the club, the world is at his feet.
PREDICTED XI | AS ROMA (4-2-3-1)
Fuzarto, Karsdorp, Mancini, Kumbulla, Santon, Cristante, Villar, Pedro, Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan, Dzeko.
Inter Milan are the new Serie A Champions breaking the Juventus dynasty and streak that has dominated Serie A for close to a decade. Top of the food chain in Italy with 85 points from 35 games, it has been Inter Milan title to lose in the last three months of the season. They have been head and shoulders the best side in Italy this season and fully deserve the Scudetto, it is something to build on for next season.
Inter Milan run of form in Serie A in 2021 is astonishing, Antonio Conte side are 19 games unbeaten which included a run of 11 wins in a row in Serie A. The last defeat in the league was on Epiphany the 6th Jan 2021 a 2-1 defeat away in Genoa against Claudio Ranieri Sampdoria side.
That was Antonio Conte and Inter Milan second and last defeat to date in Serie A this campaign. The first was the Derby Milano defeat on matchday 4 against fiercest city rivals AC Milan. Revenge was on the cards when these two giants of Italian football met on matchday 23 where revenge was achieved as Inter Milan came away with a 3-0 away win. Lukaku and co-tamed the lion of Milan.
Key player to watch out for in the Inter Milan squad:
Rested or benched for Saturday demolition of Sampdoria, Romelu Lukaku watched on as Inter eased to a 5-1 win over Claudio Ranieri Sampdoria side. Lukaku has been involved in 30 goals this season in Serie A with 21 goals and 9 assists in 33 league appearances.
His Serie A record in his two-year spell in Milan is outstanding. 44 goals and 11 assists in 69 Serie A appearances. His overall record is something special 61 goals and 15 assists in 92 appearances. A far cry from his Manchester United form where he was mimicked and came under the harshest of scrutiny on social media by Manchester United fans who had an axe to grind. He has proved the haters wrong with his performances in Italy and has been the focal point in Conte 3-5-2 which has seen Inter win their first Scudetto in 11 years.
PREDICTED XI | INTER MILAN (3-5-2)
Radu, Skriniar, De Vrij, D’Ambrosio, Darmian, Vecino, Barella, Sensi, Young, Martinez, Sanchez