Oh shut up you two
ROMA STAY TOP DESPITE POOR PLAY
ROMA 2-1 SASSUOLO (LJAJIC, DODO)
LIVORNO 0-0 ROMA
ROMA 1-0 UDINESE (LJAJIC)
PARMA 1-1 ROMA (TOTTI)
ROMA 1-0 CAGLIARI (AVELAR OG)
GENOA 2-3 ROMA (BALZARETTI, CASTAN, BORRIELLO)
AS Roma may not have been displaying the most attractive football in the world over the last month or so, but they’ve certainly been picking up the points they need to currently sit atop the Serie A table by a full 4 points over second placed Lazio.
After Internazionale snapped the Giallorossi’s 4 match winning streak with a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Roma never truly recovered. The capital city side had played such entertaining attacking football through the first many rounds but suddenly was struggling to keep the ball or even defend.
Roma first hosted Sassuolo and struggled at times against the newly promoted side. However, goals from Adem Ljajic and young left back Dodo led them to victory, and so many fans believed that the winning streaks would start anew.
Roma followed this performance with a bore 0-0 draw at Livorno. Expected to be an easy win for the Giallorossi, a well drilled, defensively strong Livorno side somewhat easily managed to repel AS Roma’s once rampant attack and won a valuable point. Things didn’t improve in the next match as yet another stale performance from the first placed side was salvaged only by an early Ljajic goal in their 1-0 win over Udinese.
Francesco Totti himself had begun to sit out some matches as his performances dropped, finally starting to truly manage games from the touchline, an inspiring figure even off of the pitch. Added onto ‘Il Gladiatore’s’ poor form were crucial injuries to Miacon, Vasilis Torosidis, Mehdi Benatia, Leandro Castan, etc. as Totti’s side struggled with early injuries.
Following their win over Udinese, Roma almost dropped all three points against Parma, needing a very late Totti strike to earn his side a point to cancel out Antonio Cassano’s delightful opening goal. In that match, Parma often outplayed Roma, who often looked devoid of creativity and passion.
It seems as though Roma have finally started to snap out of this run of scraping by, having now won two matches in a row for the first time in six games. The first win was another poor one as they crawled past Cagliari thanks to an Avelar own goal, but the Giallorossi attack stepped up in a dramatic 3-2 win over Genoa. Boasting a 2-0 lead with fifteen minutes remaining, Genoa scored twice, thinking it had gotten a point, only for an injury time winner to come for Roma in the shape of Marco Borriello.
It is somewhat miraculous that after going 4-3-0 in the last seven matches that Roma still sits 4 points ahead of archrivals Lazio in Serie A and a further 2 ahead of Juventus. Francesco Totti, though, was certainly not pleased, and voiced his disappointment in the pre-match conference to the Rome Derby match at the Olimpico.
“We will not beat Lazio if we continue to play like this,” he said. “We are lacking passion, lacking drive, lacking spark. To win against Lazio we need to go back to defending strongly and passing the ball around sharply to score goals.”
In anticipation of the Derby della Capitale next week where first place Roma will take on second placed Lazio, the top of the Serie A table is as tight as ever. The Giallorossi sit only 4 points clear of second placed Lazio with defending champions Juventus only 2 points behind.
(Forgot to take a screenshot of the table, sorry! )