The international break is over and the Lupi are training to face SPAL. But their defensive issues are still troubling Di Francesco’s group.
Roma’s terrible beginning of the season is still in everybody’s mind. Di Francesco’s men have already collected 3 defeats (AC Milan, Bologna, and Real Madrid) and suffered 13 goals between Serie A and Champions League.
Although something has changed for the Lupi since the bloody defeat against Filippo Inzaghi‘s side, the club of Trigoria is still a little shaky defensively. This is particularly weird because the four men in front of Robin Olsen have not been touched by the revolution implemented by the Roma sporting director Monchi in summer 2018.
Manolas and Fazio are the center-backs while Florenzi and Kolarov operate on the flanks. A mechanism that should be perfect but that, instead, trembles terribly.
The last Serie A match against Empoli at the Stadio Castellani can help us understand something more about the issues that Roma are experiencing since the retreat in August.
Although the giallorossi have scored 2 goals leaving Empoli with three points in their pockets, Di Francesco‘s men have conceded too many opportunities to their opponents.
Andreazzoli‘s guys have outperformed Roma by 10 in the number of total shots (20 vs 10). They have created 3 big chances to score the equalizer and hit the woodwork once. Empoli have also fired from inside the box 11 times, a negative record for the Roma backline.
Statistically these numbers matter. Roma’s clean sheet at the Stadio Castellani doesn’t mean much.
Eusebio Di Francesco and his staff are working hard to minimize mistakes and strengthen their defensive line. The support of the midfielders is necessary as well. The pair De Rossi–NZonzi is getting more and more confident. Although they are in charge of leading the two phases (offensive and defensive) the Italian legend and the French world champion also have to shield their backline properly to avoid dramatic outcomes.
Roma must show signs of improvement in the next challenge at the Stadio Olimpico. The giallorossi will host SPAL on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 9:00 AM (EST). Three points are necessary for Roma to reduce the gap with those teams currently at the top of the Serie A standings.