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Francesco Totti - Il Gladiatore di Roma

A legend of the game taking Rome to a new empire. Like Julius Caesar except not as good.
Started on 28 November 2013 by Neal
Latest Reply on 25 September 2014 by Neal
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Lool, what a game! Shame it can't beat my 9 goal thriller against them ;)
Goals galore! Excellent update Nealão keep it up ;)
AaronHJFT96: Damn, 9 goal thrillers are the best :P

Walter: Football at it's finest, both teams scoring like there's no tomorrow :)
Great update and a great game!
pompeyblue: Thanks mate, one of the more exciting games I've played on this game :D
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7 yearsEdited

ROMA RECOVER FROM EARLY DRAWS TO WIN FOUR


On Fire: New signing Alvaro Morata (above) has scored 4 goals this season for Roma.

ROMA 0-0 TORINO (SERIE A)
BENATIA
CORCHIA

ROMA 2-2 SHAKHTAR (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)
GRENIER, MORATA
BENATIA

BOLOGNA 1-4 ROMA (SERIE A)
LJAJIC x3, MORATA
LJAJIC

ROMA 2-1 SAMPDORIA (SERIE A)
DE ROSSI, VERATTI
VERRATTI

LIVORNO 1-5 ROMA (SERIE A)
DE ROSSI, PRESTIA (OG), GRENIER, MORATA x2
PJANIC

BATE 0-1 ROMA (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)
PJANIC
BALZARETTI
MAICON

It was nothing short of a shaky start to the campaign for AS Roma. Coming off of the back off a surprise domestic double last season and a Supercoppa Italiana victory early this season, the Giallorossi looked set to storm Serie A and potentially be a dark horse for the Champions League.

Those hopes were almost thrown to the winds with two home draws against Torino and Shakhtar, however, which followed a cracking 3-3 draw against AC Milan. Francesco Totti's men could not find a balance between attack and defense, either not scoring at all or conceding quite a few.

The introduction of big new signing Alvaro Morata to the starting lineup, however, changed quite a lot. The 21 year old Spaniard had scored the equalizer against Shakthar Donetsk off of the bench before going on to score the critical go-ahead goal in the 4-1 rout of Bologna. He also chipped in a lovely brace in the 5-1 thrashing of Livorno, adding to Adem Ljajic's amazing hattrick.

Perhaps surprisingly, both of these big wins have come away from the Stadio Olimpico for Roma. The team is still 100% on the road, but has already dropped points twice in the capital city stadium.

"It's not a concern, and it certainly won't become a habit," said Totti in a press conference after the BATE Borisov match in the UEFA Champions League. "We approach every game the same way, home or away, and lately we've just come up against some good, well organized sides at the Olimpico. As the season wears on, we will look to get those points back wherever we need."

Speaking about his first experience in the Champions League as a manager thus far, Totti said, "It's quite something, isn't it? All of these fantastic teams, and it's great to have Roma be a part of it. However, while we are appreciative, we aren't in awe; we want to go out and win every game, and make it to the knockout stage."

Serie A



UEFA Champions League


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#GiveCreditToMorataWhileLjajicCanGoFuckHimself.
Morata to the rescue! :D
Pauker: I said that Ljajic had an amazing hattrick :/

Justice: He's been an inspired signing thus far, for only 10 million euros as well :D
great recovery man!! Keep it up.
BayernAmerica: Thanks bud, hopefully we continue to win games! :)
Neal's avatar Group Neal
7 yearsEdited

THE EMERGENCE OF MIRALEM PJANIC


Playmaker: Pjanic (above) already has a league-leading 9 assists this season.

To say that last season was a perfect year for Miralem Pjanic would not exactly be the truth. The attacking midfielder certainly had his struggles in his third year at AS Roma, often falling behind Alessandro Florenzi or occasionally Francesco Totti in the pecking order for the midfield role behind the strikers.

Eventually, though, thanks to a wonderful surge of form in the second half of the season, the Bosnian superstar finished the Serie A campaign with 5 goals and 13 assists. Pjanic has continued his excellent form into the new season, though, and has 3 goals and 9 assists in just 9 games so far this year.

At times it has seemed that all of Roma's attacks flow through Pjanic. The playmaker has excelled in the number 10 role in behind Alvaro Morata and Adem Ljajic, supplying the striking duo with beautiful through balls and picking apart opposition defenses week in and week out.

The match against Livorno, which the Giallorossi won by a score of 5-1, was a perfect example of Pjanic's form. The 24 year old attacker managed to complete an impressive 92% of his passes and put in 5 key through balls, resulting in 3 assists and stunning victory.

"I am really happy with the way I'm playing right now," said Pjanic after the team's 1-0 win over BATE Borisov in the UEFA Champions League in which the Bosnian scored the winning goal. "I am scoring a few goals, making many good passes, and I am happy to be playing every week."

Pjanic and the AS Roma squad must now prepare for a grueling October that includes hosting the likes of AFC Fiorentina and SL Benfica before finishing of the month with an 'away' fixture at the Stadio Olimpico against eternal rivals SS Lazio.

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7 yearsEdited
Good update. Pjanic is certainly a great player and seems to be doing a great job for ya
Great update. Love your layout and just about catching up as a newbie haha. Good luck and keep up the great writing ;)
1-0 TO BATE? WOW.

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