A horror festival. A sloppy performance dressed with macro tactical mistakes and a shocking inability to create dangerous opportunities. A team disunited and demotivated with an absolute champion as a goalkeeper, Alisson Becker. Roma’s first half was terrible and depressing.
Sampdoria dominated the scene for more than 30 minutes pressing the giallorossi and pushing them on their defensive side. The blucerchiati had five opportunities to break the deadlock but Roma’s astonishing Brazilian goalkeeper kept his team alive. His double save on Caprari right at the end of the first half was simply marvelous. Currently, the Brazil international is probably the best keeper in the world.
Although Roma would not have deserved the goal, the giallorossi had the opportunity to score the opener with a volley from the box. Under‘s effort had been stopped by a defender with a hand. Florenzi had the chance to put the Lupi ahead, the Italian fullback wasted a penalty well saved by Viviano. A catastrophic first part of the match for Di Francesco‘s men, a group in total tactical and physical mess.
A double opportunity for the Lupi changed the pace of the game in the second half. Pellegrini and Under were denied by a superlative Viviano in the first 5 minutes but the giallorossi pushed hard to score the opener. The fans at the Stadio Olimpico actively supported their heroes’ efforts.
Although Roma wasted several other occasions, Giampaolo‘s men seemed to be tired and unable to counterattack. But when Di Francesco played Defrel and Perotti to increase Roma’s offensive potential, the performance of the Lupi suddenly waned in intensity and Duvan Zapata punished the home side scoring the opener 10 minutes before the end of the match.
A ghostly atmosphere embraced the Stadio Olimpico with the Roma fans whistling at their players. Di Francesco’s men seemed not to be wolves anymore but a group of lambs afraid and confused. Roma suffered a massive home defeat by Sampdoria. Its Serie A path is tougher than ever.