Roma failed to secure a place in the Champions League Last 16 as they lost to Atletico Madrid, and Football Italia rates the players.
Words: Tom Scholes
Alisson — 5
The usually solid goalkeeper wasn’t his usual self tonight, letting two goals slip past him albeit one was a wonderful overhead kick from Antoine Griezmann. During the first half it was the same Alisson that we’ve seen all season but his lack of action in the second half meant he dropped down in the ratings this time out.
Aleksandar Kolarov — 5
Again, we know how good the Serbian can be but tonight he just wasn’t at the races. The pace of some of the Atletico players hurt him all evening and restricted him on occasion when it came to attacking. For a team who are so defensively sound, it was surprising to see how easy they were beaten in the second half, with Kolarov targeted multiple times.
Federico Fazio — 6
The bright spot in the heart of the defence, Fazio was quite good, all things considered. He was always able to get his body in the way of Griezmann, Torres and eventually Gameiro, but unfortunately for him there wasn’t much he could’ve done about either one of the goals. Despite the poor defensive performance though, Fazio can hold his head up in some regards.
Kostas Manolas — 5
Manolas himself wasn’t all that bad tonight, but he was rash on occasion, especially for the second Atletico goal where he went to ground when it really wasn’t needed. As I’ve said before, it was a poor defensive performance all round but Manolas’ poor decision making didn’t help the cause. For the first half he was solid and looked like he was willing to throw his body into the way of the ball, but that all seemed to disappear in the second half.
Bruno Peres — 4
There’s a reason not many people trust Peres in this side, and games like this show you why. He offered little to nothing going forward, was targeted on his flank multiple times and showed a lack of discipline in his stupid red card. Safe to say he probably won’t be seeing much game time in the Champions League any time soon.
Maxime Gonalons — 6
I actually felt the Frenchman did quite well considering he was tasked with sitting deep and sitting in front of the back four. He left the forward runs and passes to Pellegrini and Nainggolan, and this lack of responsibility going forward meant he could fully concentrate on his job. When he was subbed off in the second half, it wasn’t because of his performance, more down to the fact Roma were chasing a goal and needed someone a bit more forward thinking.
Radja Nainggolan — 6
The all action midfielder was rather subdued tonight, but he still got forward when needed. The Belgian was the main threat for Roma tonight considering how they set up, but he just couldn’t make some of his time on the ball really count. His “cross” in the second half from the right hand side did beat Jan Oblak in the Atletico goal, but unfortunately it could only smash off the post in what proved to be Roma’s biggest chance of the night.
Lorenzo Pellegrini — 5
Much like Gonalons, Pellegrini was somewhat restricted in his duties tonight but credit to the young midfielder, he wasn’t dreadful. He perhaps wasn’t as effective as he’d like, but he wasn’t as bad as he could have been. Unfortunately, he wasn’t really involved too much, meaning he didn’t get in as many positions to change the game.
Gerson — 5
Gerson offered very little going forward tonight and while he was probably placed in the starting XI due to his more disciplined approach, you can’t help but wonder what El Shaarawy could’ve done in this counter attacking style of play?
Edin Dzeko — 5
I’ve given Dzeko a low rating because he simply was not involved in the play. He held the ball up well at times during the first half, but the team didn’t set up to feed him like they usually do, they set up to have the wide players feed off of his through balls.
Diego Perotti — 6
Given that Roma were set up to take any chance on the counter attack, Perotti was their one player in attack who showed any signs of making a difference. He was quick, direct and wasn’t afraid to run at Atletico’s defenders, who he was able to pin back almost every time. Unfortunately, because Dzeko kept dropping deep and Nainggolan couldn’t get in to the box in time, his crosses were often wasted.
Kevin Strootman — 5
Subbed on for Pellegrini in the second half, the Dutchman was largely a passenger when he came on.
Gregoire Defrel — 4
I’ve got to be honest, if the commentator didn’t mention his name, I would’ve forgotten that Defrel had even come on tonight.
Stephan El Shaarawy — N/A
On too late to make an impact