Roma are out of the Champions League after succumbing to Real Madrid in the Bernabeu, but while their exit may not have been unsurprising for long periods of the game it looked like it could have ended very differently. An aggregate defeat by a hefty 4-0 scoreline is hard to argue to be undeserved, but it’s certainly hard on Roma and combine the refereeing decisions from the first leg and the incredible amount of missed chances in the second leg and it’s certainly arguable that the Giallorossi had an opportunity to progress.
Roma marched onto 7 straight league wins on Friday night with a win over Fiorentina that was far more comfortable than was expected. Although the Viola were outclassed by Tottenham in the Europa League, they held Napoli to a draw last week and were unbeaten in 7 coming into the game. In the end though, Roma scored 4 and could have had a couple more, while Fiorentina’s only goal was a disputed penalty.
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