The Giallorossi defeated Sampdoria showing character and tactical acumen. Dzeko scored the winner and Fonseca praised the attitude of his players.
It was a very tough match today at the Stadio Olimpico. The Eternal City has been battered by rain but the character and positive attitude of the Roma players have given them the strength to overcome the difficult moments of the match.
Fonseca‘s side kept possession and always pushed forward with the intent of breaking the deadlock since the beginning. Although the pitch was wet and heavy, the Giallorossi clearly put in place their offensive strategies surrounding the double defensive line of the opponents.
Roma had many opportunities to score the opener, but thanks to the defensive strategy implemented, Claudio Ranieri has clogged the passing lines disconnecting Dzeko from the rest of the team.
ROMA v SAMPDORIA 1-0 | Stats
- Ball possession: 65% – 35%
- Total shots: 21 – 5
- Shot inside box: 18 – 1
- Big chances: 4 – 0
- Accurate passes: 508 – 222
(Stats by SofaScore)
When the match seemed to fall asleep towards a painful draw, Edin Dzeko took advantage of a marvelous cross by Karsdorp and with a soft redirection stubbed Audero, 1-0.
It’s tough to play against Sampdoria. They are very organized and defend really well. But the team always believed in it [in the win]. We made a solid defensive performance. When we have this confidence, we always create chances to win.Paulo Fonseca said to DAZN after the match