There’s an interesting statistic that confirms Roma’s offensive issues albeit the roster has been affected by many injuries.
Although the Giallorossi had a very slow beginning of the season, Fonseca and his group have been facing a tough reality. It’s difficult to shape a team when the coach is forced to change many players on a weekly basis.
By analyzing the numbers referred to the ball possession, goal scored, and big chances missed we can discover something very interesting.
Paulo Fonseca wants his side to dominate possession but their numbers are not comforting. Roma ranks 6th in this particular field. The Giallorossi have had a 56% ball possession in the first 8 Serie A games.
Taking into consideration the Italian sides that capitalized most of their opportunities, we note that Roma is currently ahead of Inter (55.9%), Atalanta (55%), and Lazio (50.6%).
However, Atalanta, Inter, and Lazio have respectively scored 9, 6, and 4 goals more than Fonseca’s side…a huge difference in such a short time.
The Giallorossi are, instead, on the podium for big chances missed, 16. Although Atalanta leads this negative ranking, Gasperini‘s side can celebrate for the number of chances created (37) and goals scored (21).
Lazio missed 12 big chances, created 22 great opportunities, and scored 16 goals. Conte‘s side, instead, missed 13 big chances but scored 18 goals anyway.
In light of that, we can say that ball possession doesn’t always translate into goals. Fonseca has to work hard and recover a few key players to make his football really offensive, attractive, and efficient.