Abel Balbo, Roma’s great goalscorer of the 1990s and title-winning striker, is the latest to be featured in asroma.co.uk’s Legends of Rome series.
Although there is still a long way to go this season, Roma are already preparing for next term in the transfer market – and according to La Repubblica the squad may be rejuvenated (in the real sense of the word) this summer.
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.
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
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
Rudi Garcia has finally gone then. It wasn’t the news I was intending to bring asroma.co.uk back online to, but I felt the need to add my tuppence-worth to the many words already written on his departure.
We continue our legends of Rome series on asroma.co.uk with a look back at one of Roma’s finest ever defenders and the man who made more appearances than any other non-Italian player, Aldair.