Roger Ibañez (OG): 7th Minute (Lecce 1, Roma 0)Two goals in two weeks for Federico Baschirotto. Fortunately, things settled down as the match wound its way towards the half-hour mark, though Roma were struggling to break down a surprisingly resolute Lecce defense. The final quarter hour wasn't any kinder to Roma, as the Lecce defense continued to give them fits, hacking, chopping, and grabbing at any Roma ball carrier with impunity since the officials decided to eat their whistles. Between the quiet officials, the stout Lecce defense, and their own shortcomings in the run of play, Roma walked into the dressing room at halftime dispirited but not defeated. All Roma can do now is hope that Lazio and Atalanta draw later today, sparing Roma's top-four hopes for another week.
After surviving a surprisingly difficult match against Bologna last week, Roma faced a decidedly more demanding opponent today: second-place AC Milan. Pierre Kalulu: 30th Minute (Milan 1, Roma 0)Yo Pierre, you wanna come out here?! Tommaso Pobega: 77th Minute (Milan 2, Roma 0)Milan hit Roma on the counter and Tommaso Pobega's first Serie A goal is ruthless. Roger Ibañez: 87th Minute (Milan 2, Roma 1)NOT SO FAST! However, once the clock moved into stoppage time, Roma came to life, passing, pressing, and moving with more vigor than at any point in the prior 90 minutes.2 months ago Chiesa Di Totti
Roma is winless in its last 12 home matches (7D, 5L) against teams in the top four (on that matchday). And Napoli has been the toughest side for Roma to crack, with the Giallorossi winning just once (3W, 4D) in their last eight overall against their southern rivals. Things won’t get any easier when the unbeaten, top-of-the-table Partenopei visit the Olimpico on Sunday, led by former Roma skipper Luciano Spalletti. “As for the setup; we think about different things but we have to make changes based on the situations presented to us. The remainder of Mourinho's lineup will likely keep Spalletti guessing, particularly at wing-back, where Rick Karsdorp recently returned from meniscus surgery.5 months ago Chiesa Di Totti
The Derby Del Sole doesn’t match the Derby Della Capitale in terms of sheer energy surrounding the match, but it is often the more critical match for Roma’s seasonal aspirations. Not so with the Derby Del Sole, as the trio of Juventus, Napoli, and Roma were often jockeying for the top spot in the league, and in the years where Juve managed to pull away quickly and efficiently, Napoli and Roma would still often duke it out for second. Former Roma boss Luciano Spalletti has had an incredible start to the season with I Partenopei, leading them to first place in the league and a perfect record. A win tomorrow for Mourinho’s men would vault the Giallorossi even higher in the race for the Scudetto while deflating Napoli at a critical moment in their season. Speaking of expected versus actual goals, Nicolò Zaniolo has recently been a master of creating excellent chances while somehow still having zero league goals through the first ten match days.5 months ago Chiesa Di Totti