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Sunday November 3 2019
Roma are on a roll

Injury-hit Roma produced yet another inspiring display against Napoli, and Vilizar Yakimov sees Paulo Fonseca’s team ethic as their main strength.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Roma being so united and determined for more than a game or two. Don’t get me wrong - the Giallorossi have always had natural leaders on the pitch, but very often only a few individuals were displaying the needed passion to wear the famous jersey.

However, in the last couple of games, we’ve been witnessing something different, as Roma seem to be transformed. The desire and character that every single player is displaying is really refreshing to see and yesterday’s 2-1 victory in the Derby del Sole was arguably the best display this season.

Paulo Fonseca’s men were on a mission and that was evident from the first minute of the game, as the Roma players showed more hunger, bravery and conviction against the at least on paper superior Napoli side.

Just like in the last few weeks, the Giallorossi were plagued by injuries, especially in midfield where Fonseca was forced to field Gianluca Mancini next to Jordan Veretout once again. However, for yet another week the Italian centre-back was impressive and played a key role in Roma’s spirited display.

While Fonseca’s decision to use Mancini as a makeshift defensive midfield has been brilliant, what’s arguably been even more impressive is the impact the former Shakhtar Donetsk coach is having on a player like Javier Pastore.

The Argentinian was included in the starting XI for a second consecutive game, something that hasn’t been happening to him too often in recent years, and just like against Udinese on Wednesday, he did not disappoint.

Alongside Edin Dzeko, Justin Kluivert and Nicolò Zaniolo, Pastore managed to maintain Roma’s high pressing game even deep into the second half. This prevented Napoli from using their 57% ball possession effectively enough during large stretches of the game, and allowed Roma to spend more time in the opposition half.

It was really surprising to see Pastore’s attacking display being overshadowed by his defensive brilliance, as the 30-year old registered three tackles, two interceptions and participated in 14 ground duels against Partenopei. Not bad for a player that has always been criticized for his lack of effort and physicality.

Pastore’s role perfectly complimented the work of Veretout and Zaniolo, who were undoubtedly Roma’s best players on the pitch. The Frenchman produced arguably his best performance ever since joining the Giallorossi, as putting aside the penalty that he converted, he finished the game with 91% pass success rate, two key passes, three clearances and two interceptions.

In fact, the dirty work of Mancini, Veretout, Pastore and Dzeko allowed Zaniolo to perform at his best when attacking, as beyond his well taken shot for the opener, the youngster was a real menace every time he went forward.

While individual talents like Mancini and Zaniolo deserve to be singled out, the overall display of Roma in both defence and attack has been the most encouraging sign in recent weeks.

The Giallorossi had less possession against a Napoli side with superior individual quality, but finished the game with more interceptions, more tackles and more unity, which was the reason for their victory.

Roma have been producing similar displays on a regular basis since the season started and this makes them tough to beat. It is no coincidence that Roma have suffered just one defeat since the start of the season, as despite the large number of injuries and all the pressure surrounding the club, Paulo Fonseca has managed to bring unity to the team.

This unity proved to be enough against the confused and inconsistent Napoli and as it seems it could be the key for Roma in the future.

Have your say...
United have rejected our offer. "Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira claims that Roma are trying to convince Manchester United with an offer of €12m plus €3m bonuses, but it seems like they need to put more money on the table to tempt the English club into selling the defender." I knew they would pull this! Just give them the €20m & be done with it before another English club comes in with an offer we can't match. He's reformed in Italy & his happy. Just buy him!
on the 5th November, 2019 at 2:25pm
Stupid captcha.

I never know if my "novel" is sent because of hard to see captcha.
Sometimes I have to write it 6 times!
on the 4th November, 2019 at 9:25pm
Romalat,

It's not just you, I too dislike Kalinic.

I also talked about Alfredo and some people laughed, predicting that he'll fail in Serie A.
Proved them wrong.

Shick would be perfect as a Dzeko-sub, but he's too injury prone & mentally weak.
Even now he isn't playing...
Doubt he'll ever suceed at Roma or that any club will buy him for over 15 mil.

Smalling for 15 would be great. (Even for 20, the way defenders are going for these days.)

Petrachi has a good nose for defenders.
on the 4th November, 2019 at 9:05pm
Romalat,

It's not just you, I too dislike Kalinic.

I also talked about Alfredo and some people laughed, predicting that he'll fail in Serie A.
Proved them wrong.

Shick would be perfect as a Dzeko-sub, but he's too injury prone & mentally weak.
Even now he isn't playing...
Doubt he'll ever suceed at Roma or that any club will buy him for over 15 mil.

Smalling for 15 would be great. (Even for 20, the way defenders are going for these days.)

Petrachi has a good nose for defenders.
on the 4th November, 2019 at 9:05pm
@United States of Totti

I think we need a decent back up for Dzeko. Kalinić was an awful signing for me personally but moving Schick on loan was a good idea. He need's to find his form again.

Instead of Kalinić I wish we tried for Alfredo Donnarumma from Brescia. Top scorer last season in Serie B, would of been good enough to fill Dzeko's shoes when needed.

We must sow up Smalling permanently before Utd start being greedy. They want £20m, we offered £10m, just meet in the middle & get it sealed.
on the 4th November, 2019 at 4:04pm
You wrote everything that I think
(Get outta my head!)

I hope Roma beats Parma and if possible distance themselves from persuers.

It would be great MOTIVATION for team.
Brescia, Verona would then be even more beatable...
...making Inter game very interesting.
(Although, I fear additional injuries and accumulation of yellow cards.)

Roma also THRIVES when they're not under pressure.
on the 4th November, 2019 at 12:36pm
Romalat,

You wrote everything that I think
(Get outta my head!)

I hope Roma beats Parma and if possible distance themselves from persuers.

It would be great MOTIVATION for team.
Brescia, Verona would then be even more beatable...
...making Inter game very interesting.
(Although, I fear additional injuries and accumulation of yellow cards.)

Roma also THRIVES when they're not under pressure.
on the 4th November, 2019 at 12:36pm
United States of Totti

[No mistake in article
--They were talking about Veretout as FRENCHMAN.]

Opps, yeah I re-read the article. Sorry.

Got a decent run now until Inter next month. Let's keep fighting hard and grabbing 3 points every match.

Under has a fight on his hands grabbing that RW place from Zaniolo. He's perfect in that space while Pellegrini/Pastore at AMC & Kluivert/Perotti at LW.

What's Fonseca going to do with Mancini? He's been a stone wall in CM with Veretout, amazing!
on the 4th November, 2019 at 7:47am
Talking about height
--Does Zaniolo really strike you as 190cm?

I'm 185 & proportionally he doesn't "feel" taller than me.

Dzeko is 193cm.
Now look, for instance, when Zaniolo scores a goal against Udinese and Dzeko approaches him.
Or Smalling.

He's dwarfed by them :)
No way he's only 3-4cm shorter!
on the 4th November, 2019 at 12:11am
Also, Romalat.

No mistake in article
--They were talking about Veretout as FRENCHMAN.

You didn't read well
HAHAHA
on the 3rd November, 2019 at 11:52pm
Romalat,

The first time I saw Zaniolo play for Roma (and month before for Italy U19) I fell in love with him as he'd be my kid.
...Like a new-father looking into eyes of his baby for the first time.
(God, I hope Nicolo doesen't read this :) )

He's my favourite Roma player now.

I would give him Totti's 10.

If he stays and fulfills his potential I will forgive Monchi everything :) :)
on the 3rd November, 2019 at 11:45pm
And just so you know, I LOVE Florenzi & constantly have to defend him from my brother.
(And nowdays from half of Romanistas it seems.)

But if something isn't working...

You think it's coincidence Roma plays better now without him and Cristante?
Without Mancini in defense?
on the 3rd November, 2019 at 11:34pm
Trigoria Ground,

I meant, players from OTHER teams don't take Flo seriously (Ronaldo even mocked him.)
My feeling is Dzeko gets more respect (being taller and a Superstar).

Our fans have been booing Flo recently.
Spinazzola's performances have been better.

If you don't think Dzeko has more pressence, character, power status than Florenzi, I won't persuade you.

(I am talking about that male, leader, alpha pressence, just so we're clear.

Florenzi has plenty of character
--goofy, lovable, neat
on the 3rd November, 2019 at 11:16pm
Just saw Balotelli's reaction.

So sorry he didn't walk out.
(No matter the penalties to him, his club.)

You just can't play like that.
Some guys are emotional and it affects their thoughts.


When will enough be enough?

Serie A is now doing something but too little, too late.

Also, Pjanic, Dzeko, Handanovic, Mihajlovic & other Ex-Yu... are constantly called "Zingaro".
Such HATRED & MALICE!
Offending both Slavs and Roms.
on the 3rd November, 2019 at 9:03pm
@United States of Totti
I have respect for capitano Florenzi
You’re not spokesman of all Romanisti.
You can’t say the fans and the players don’t respect Florenzi.
If anyone has the character to be Roma captain is Florenzi
on the 3rd November, 2019 at 8:41pm
ZANIOLO - ZANIOLO - ZANIOLO

Pure magic from the kid. Inter are probably still dying inside for letting this wonderkid go, Hahaha.

Pastore is showing his true potential finally in Italy & he's Argentinian btw, not French, lol. Does anyone proof read their work anymore?

Fonseca through a myriad of injures, has built a true force. This Roma could go far in a few seasons if we keep everyone but the real cream of the crop is Zaniolo. 4 goals in 4 matches.

Sempre, Roma Per Sempre!
Dajeeeeeeeeee!
on the 3rd November, 2019 at 8:28pm
Territorial discrimination...
That's stupid.

(Almost) Every country has territories and everyone is PROUD of their upbringings/ birth places.
Teasing with territorial stereotypes can't harm.


But problem is when it's fueled by HATE!
You mustn't allow people to chant stuff like: "Only a dead Napolitan is a good Napolitan"

I also understand there's division between southern and northern regions in Italy.
They want to squash any speech that highlights that or differentiates these territories...
on the 3rd November, 2019 at 6:36pm
Pastore, mamma mia
--Did you see all the flicks and passes? How he just caresses the ball? That rabona?
Not only talented stuff; Now he steals balls as well???

Incredible to think this is the same person that only a month ago was Roma's worst player. (OK, that's Jesus, but still.)

And Dzeko is a TRUE CAPTAIN. Authoritative.
No way Flo could motivate public to cheer instead of "territory discriminate" like that.
Give Edin armband.
Flo doesn't have character/ respect (from players, refs, fans...
on the 3rd November, 2019 at 6:05pm
Mancini surprised everyone
on the 3rd November, 2019 at 1:26pm
Ancelotti needs to go. Dated coach. He is a dinasour
on the 3rd November, 2019 at 1:12pm

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