Match Review: Giallorossi stamp authority over Serie A newcomers as Di Francesco shines with new tactics
Following a 0-0 Draw at home to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Tuesday night, Roma got back to business as they returned to their Serie A journey in their 3rd match of this year’s Scudetto campaign. After a cancellation last week against Sampdoria they hosted Serie A newcomers Hellas Verona as the Giallorossi welcomed them to the Stadio Olimpico for the Saturday Night football on a very rainy night in Roma.
Roma headed into the game as heavy favorites despite not playing a Serie A game in several weeks they came to play and defend their ground against a team that would probably be battling relegation this season. Due to the four changes to their starting XI by Di Francesco, this game turned out to be an onslaught of Roman domination as Verona barley got a sniff throughout the game. Roma remained in control from the start to the end. It took the Italian capital outfit just over twenty minutes to break through with Radja Nainggolan breaking the deadlock to give Roma an early lead.
It would only go from bad to worse from there as Edin Dzeko, Serie A’s top goal scorer from the season before would add to his tally to put Roma up 2-0 not long after their opening goal. Di Francesco’s men continued to apply pressure throughout the half and had several other chances but it remained the same.
Roma would go into the second half with the 2-0 lead thanks to Dzeko and Nainggolan. In the second half it would again be all Roma throughout the game as Verona couldn’t even register a shot on target until very late. Roma would add to their very comfortable lead When Dzeko found the back of the net again for the second time making it 3-0 for the Giallorossi with a little over 10 minutes into the second half.
Roma continued to dominance as it got even worse for Verona as they got a player sent off. The debuts of Patrick Schick and Hector Monroe took place late in the second half but the game was well over as Roma got an easy 3-0 win at home in a very convincing fashion thanks to the tactical switch of Eusebio Di Francesco to silence the critics.
The game showcased a very convincing performance from Roma this is the Roma team that the Giallorossi fans have missed the last few games and the potential is absolutely there they just need to be able to channel it on a consistent basis. From the beginning of this game to the end of it Roma were a class above Verona as they struggled to even get anything going. The changes that were made worked perfectly as all the players that got moved into the starting 11 performed very well. The addition of Under, El Shaarawy and Pellegrini added pace and bestowed technical prowess upon the side. Patrick Schick who came on as sub looked very good. Although he isn’t at 100% yet but during his short spell on the field, he looked sharp with his passing and he was able to find himself in good positions quite easily. The Croat didn’t seem to be nervous as he just settled right in there and looked very comfortable with the ball. Once he gets fit, he would do very well in the front three.
The team chemistry overall was really good as everyone seemed to be on the same wavelength and all three Roma goals came from. team plays. Florezni who hadn’t played for over a year looked sharp as he attacked through the channel with Kolarov very well getting an assist and setting up several chances.Dzeko looked in great form again and looks to have carried over last year’s form into this season which was one of the concerns going in because if Dzeko can’t score Roma would be in trouble him being the only proven scorer in the rank. Radja Nainggolan also looked very sharp it was a great performance all-around.
Roma follow this up with matches against Benevento and Udinese. In the league games they should be getting maximum points before having to play AC Milan, Napoli and Chelsea in a row in a few weeks time. This win takes them to 6 points with a game back. Edin Dzeko is my man of the match not only did he score 2 goals but he was instrumental leading the forward line as it caused Verona many problems. This was a proper ‘Roman performance’ from Di Francesco and his men.