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
ROMA 2-2 SHAKHTAR
BOLOGNA 1-4 ROMA
LJAJIC x3, MORATA
ROMA 2-1 SAMPDORIA
DE ROSSI, VERATTI
LIVORNO 1-5 ROMA
DE ROSSI, PRESTIA (OG), GRENIER, MORATA x2
BATE 0-1 ROMA
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."
UEFA Champions League