Roma-Sampdoria: A Crisis of Confidence?

Up until the 50th minute, everything was going smoothly. Roma were in control of the game, and should already have been more than a goal to the good by the time that Diego Perotti expertly lashed past Emiliano Viviano five minutes into the second half. There were periods before half time (mostly in the first 20 or so minutes) that had seen Roma play some really good football, knocking it around quickly trying to stretch Sampdoria’s deep defence out of position.

Continue reading

Same Problems But A New Spirit At Roma

The 2-0 victory that Roma emerged with from the Stadio Mapei hardly tells the story of the game Sassuolo on Tuesday night. A brilliant first half, arguably the best Roma have played all season, was followed by a tense second 45 minutes that even saw Sassuolo miss a penalty before the Giallorossi eventually wrapped up a vital three points. Continue reading

Roma’s Understated Transfer Window

The difficulty with the January transfer window is that no one ever comes out of it completely satisfied. Roma’s activity in particular was hamstrung by the managerial changes midway through the month as Luciano Spalletti replaced Rudi Garcia, and Walter Sabatini set about both trying to identify and bring in (available) players that would suit Spalletti and move on other players who had fallen from favour or simply needed to be got rid of. Continue reading