ROMA 2-2 PSG
ROMA ENJOY STRONG PRESEASON
ROMA 1-0 ANDERLECHT
ARIS 0-5 ROMA
LJAJIC (x2), MORATA, DE ROSSI, CASTAN
ROMA 1-0 ATLETICO
FENERBAHCE 1-0 ROMA
After a highly successful season in their first term under Francesco Totti, AS Roma were ready to take on their preseason in preparation for year two. It was bound to be a tough group of games with the likes of Paris St.-Germain, Atletico Madrid, and Fenerbahce among the opposing ranks along with a number of new signings looking to gel, but the Giallorossi managed to play well.
The first match took place at the Stadio Olimpico against French moneybags PSG. Alvaro Morata made an instant impact in his unofficial debut, scoring a delightful volley, but the Parisians wasted no time in making the game 2-1 through impressive strikes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristophe Jallet. Gervinho was the hero off of the bench to find the late equalizer in what turned out to be his last game at the club before being shipped off to Villareal in Spain.
Alvaro Morata continued his strong form in the next match since his move from Real Madrid by scoring a powerful header to give Roma their only goal in a 1-0 win over RSC Anderlecht. Many people had expected the Scudetto holders to put quite a few past the Belgian side but Man of the Match goalkeeper Silvio Proto made a string of super saves to keep his side in the game and keep the score line down.
Next up the Giallorossi took a flight to Salonika, Greece to take on Superleague side Aris. Totti’s side had a field day as Adem Ljajic and Alvaro Morata linked up brilliantly and scored 3 goals between themselves. Daniele De Rossi scored a thirty yard scorcher to make it 4-0, and Leandro Castan’s powerful header finished up the victory. Totti was quoted as saying, “Our attack looks deadly, and if we keep this up we will be a force to be reckoned with in Serie A.”
The next match was quite a lot harder, against La Liga BBVA side Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side managed to put up a very strong resistance against the reigning Scudetto champions, managing a full 19 shots to the 5 of AS Roma. However, captain fantastic Francesco Totti managed to draw a penalty with just 15 minutes to go. The player-manager stepped up and slotted home himself to give his side a difficult 1-0 win.
The Giallorossi's preseason ended on a sour note, however, as they were toppled by Turkish giants Fenerbahce at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium. The Italians dominated possession and created a couple of good chances for themselves, but a second half volley from Alper Potuk ensured that the visitors wouldn't steal a win to cap off their otherwise strong friendly run.
Alvaro Morata, who scored 3 goals in 5 games after joining from Real Madrid for €11M in the summer, spoke with the press after the last game. "I'm really happy to have fit in easily with the rest of the squad and make some contributions by scoring a couple of goals. Hopefully now the team will continue to play well in the competitive fixtures, and I can continue to score goals to help us win."
Roma start their season in 5 days' time when they take on Udinese in the Supercoppa Italiana on August 10th, with kickoff at 15:00.