Roma Ball Possession Not Enough as Lazio Punishes Fonseca’s Side 3-0!

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Lazio won the Derby della Capitale showing its consistency and tactical acumen. Roma managed possession throughout the match but Inzaghi’s side hit the Lupi mercilessly.

Sometimes stats help us understand the development of a match but in some cases, they turn out to be misleading. What we have seen in yesterday’s derby is the efficiency of vertical plays against a ball possession strategy that did not lead to the desired result.

LAZIO v ROMA: 3-0 | Stats

  • Ball possession: 39% – 61%
  • Shots on target: 8 – 1
  • Corner kicks: 1 – 7
  • Passes: 395 – 583

(Stats by SofaScore)

Although Roma managed to make 188 more passes than its city rivals, the concreteness and verticality of Lazio’s plays made a difference. The Biancoazzurri outperformed the Giallorossi since the start. After they scored the opener, thanks to a poor defensive performance by Ibanez promptly exploited by Immobile, Inzaghi‘s side kept the lines very tight, waited for, and punished the Lupi with lethal counterattacks.

Truly believers of ball possession say that it’s better to manage the game so as not to have to waste energy running after opponents. But when a more conservative game plan is developed by a team with talented and confident performing players, the situation changes drastically.

Lazzari clearly outperformed Spinazzola and Ibanez pushing from the right flank. Immobile and Luis Alberto played the two phases with ardor and tactical wisdom supporting their teammates often dropping down in midfield.

Fonseca’s side, instead, has never been able to find the necessary spaces to create real dangers. Acerbi has halted Dzeko; the Italian defender almost man-marked the captain of the Giallorossi leaving him isolated and unable to support Roma’s occasional offensive efforts.


  • Minutes played: 90′
  • Shots on target: 1
  • Touches: 28
  • Accurate passes 13/19 (68%)


  • Minutes played: 90′
  • Clearances: 6
  • Interceptions: 3
  • Touches: 49
  • Accurate passes 37/40 (93%)

(Stats by SofaScore)

Right at the end of the Derby della Capitale, Paulo Fonseca tried to explain this unexpected tough defeat focusing on the mistakes made especially during the first half.

We started the match well. But we know that it’s difficult to get back into it if we make mistakes against a side like Lazio…

Fonseca said to Roma TV

Lazio was more aggressive than Roma throughout the 90 minutes and deserved the win. The Giallorossi, instead, have to get back on track trying to forget this bad night as soon as possible.

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A Roman between New York, Philadelphia, and Rome achieving his dreams. Persistence can make extraordinary things happen. Editor of AS ROMA 360 | Collaborated with & Calcio e Finanza | Reported on Major League Soccer | Featured on Bleacher Report & OneFootball EN.

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