AS Roma analysis: Despite lacklustre play they are still “in it”

After a good season last year Roma entered this one with a lot of uncertainty. It was clear that the team had potential but all of their star players were becoming older and there was generally a lack of young talent in the team. Many fans were unsure what was going to be to goal going forward as it was evident that the team wasn’t strong enough to challenge Juventus for the top spot, and teams like Napoli and Inter had stronger squads. The team opted to bring in some decent young talent as well as some solid veterans while selling some of their players that hit a plateau.

With a mixed team like that many expected Roma to struggle a bit and they were right. This season they never really clicked as their playing quality fluctuated between stellar and poor. They would win some matches and then lose others. After 19 matches they occupy the 6th position with 30 points, only 1 point behind Milan. They won 8 matches, drew 6 and lost 5. They scored 34 goals which equates to 1.78 goals per match. They also conceded 24 goals which equates to 1.26 goals per match.

After this statistical overview, there is clear evidence that goalscoring wasn’t the problem for this squad and it truly wasn’t. Most of the time they still played their attacking style which benefited their youngsters like Kluivert Jr. and Under. The amount of goals they conceded is a problem. They rank in the bottom half of teams when it comes to defending and for a team wanting to ensure Champions League football next season that is unacceptable.

Everyone in Rome knows that AS Roma don’t have a team good enough to be in the top three but considering how badly their opposition in the likes of Lazio and Milan played this season they are still in it. The team is weaker than last season but they are still capable of finishing 4th. Their problem is that they have a lot of young players whose play just isn’t going to be consistent.

On top of that, the team never clicked which was evident during some stretches in games. Roma have a good foundation and they have a lot of potentials, they just need time. Some of their veterans are going to play better in the second half of the season and their youngsters are going to adapt to the league more.

When all of this happens and the team clicks Roma can be a formidable opponent especially since they play an attacking brand of football which many teams outside the top ones have difficulty playing against. Defence is the key for them here if they tighten it up and continue to attack like they did they will finish fourth which was their primary objective going into the season.

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