Roma have lost the balance they had before 2020. Diawara’s injury has affected the development of Fonseca’s football and the Lupi are now struggling.
Roma are passing through another tough period. Their performances have been disappointing since the beginning of the new year. The two recent defeats against Sassuolo and Bologna have definitely complicated the path of the Lupi towards the Champions League albeit they still have chances to achieve the qualification for the most important European competition for clubs.
Nobody can really understand why Fonseca’s side seems to have dissolved like snow in the sun. The performance of the Giallorossi against Fiorentina before the new year had boosted the confidence of the group but the current mood is totally different.
Amadou Diawara’s injury seems to be the most critical fact for Roma. Although also Nicoló Zaniolo’s absence clearly compromised the efficiency of the team on the right offensive flank, Diawara’s tactical wisdom in midfield was a key factor for the Lupi.
3 reasons why Diawara’s absence is the most critical for Roma
- The Guinean midfielder was the real engine of the Giallorossi. His ability to change position and begin the plays were indispensable resources for his teammates;
- Diawara was an authentic game catalyst. Fonseca had given him the keys of his football, a reliable player capable of not losing the ball and who always kept it moving. The Guinea international was becoming a sumptuous playmaker, a midfielder Pizarro’s style;
- His ability to shield the backline was remarkable as well as his efficiency and vision when he moved forward. Diawara was the perfect filter between Roma’s midfield and backline. Smalling and Mancini have been struggling much more without him and the team suffered 7 goals in the last two matches against Sassuolo and Bologna.