La Repubblica (Fabrizio Bocca) That blow hit hard. When Luciano Spalletti was asked, nearly an hour and a quarter after Samp’s 3-2 win against Roma had finished, how the players were feeling, he thought for a moment and replied “crushed”. Indeed, you might well feel “crushed” if you arrived in Genoa dreaming of overtaking Juve – it was hardly guaranteed that they would win against Sassuolo in Reggio Emilia – only to see those dreams slip away after taking a beating.
To summarise: they conceded 3 goals to a Samp side who, instead of being fragile and low on confidence, seemed as though they were fighting for a Champions League place; the gap to Juventus extended from -4 (really, it’s -7); they approached the game like a friendly, vastly underestimating their opponent; a fifth away defeat underlines Roma’s clear reliance on getting results at the Olimpico; and title ambitions are now just a purely mathematical hypothesis or empty pub talk.
AS Roma Match Program (Tiziano Riccardi) A lot has changed in 400 days. Everything has changed in 400 days. Exactly 400 days ago – no more, no less – it was 16th December, 2015, and Roma were playing Spezia at the Stadio Olimpico in a Coppa Italia Round of 16 game. The game had to be decided on the night, and the winner would reach the quarter finals to play Lega Pro side Alessandria. Spezia were a mid-table Serie B side, so on paper it shouldn’t have been a tough ask. Garcia’s Roma weren’t in the best form, but it was a game they expected to win.
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.