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Scot Munroe On April - 28 - 2010

Where Did It Go Wrong For Roma?

On Sunday at home to Sampdoria, Roma title hopes came crashing down on them thanks to a 2-1 home defeat. This is now a big mountain to climb for Roma to win the title as Inter are 2 points clear but its not over until its over and i think Roma will fight tooth and nail to get top spot. After Sunday defeat to Sampdoria you could see the hurt and frustration in some of the players including Phillipe Mexes, who was spotted crying on the bench shedding a tear or two.

The first 45 minutes of the game you could see Roma winning this game maybe 2 to 3-0 because some of the football that Roma were playing were brilliant. The one-touch football between Jeremy Menez and Francesco Totti was just breath taking. This was back to the old days style of football under Spallett in the 07-08 season. The only thing going into break a goal ahead was that Roma did not double the lead, they had the chances to add the 2nd important goal and did not happen. The scuffle between Vucinic and Perrotta did not help and had to be stopped by the captain Francesco Totti before it escalated. I wonder if this had a bearing in the half time talk by Claudio Ranieri.

Into the 2nd half there was a lack of concentration in the defence for both of the goals conceded on which Cassano drew players away from Pazzini and left him with just Riise and Julio Sergio in front of goal for the 1st goal. For the 2nd goal it was Daniele Mannini who ran at Burdisso and played in for Pazzini and again it was Riise who was marking Pazzini. Roma had all the chances in the 2nd half before conceding to take the lead but was thwarted by Sampdoria defence and keeper Marco Storari.

In my opinion what went wrong was 2 lapses in concentration for both goals, lady luck as Roma had 2 maybe 3 strong penalty claims and was denied by the referee. My final contribution would be that Roma ran out of legs and was caught on the break for both of the goals. It now shows that Roma can win pretty this season but can they win ugly. I tend to say not.

Scot Munroe

A Football fan for around 18 years since the age of 6 years old. My first love is Swindon town now managed by the mad man that is Paolo Di Canio. I have been a fan of Italian football for around 10-15 years now since the Channel four days back in the Uk with James Richardson. I am a Roma fan as well and i have been following the club since 2003 with the attack minded football with Totti and Cassano.

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  • Jay

    I thought for sure that Roma had this game bagged after watching most of the first half. I did miss what happened between Vucinic and Perrotta, and by the time I saw what happened, it looked like there was a scuffle between Totti and Vucinic. I believe that Roma can bounce back, the only thing that they can do is win their last fixtures.

  • Walker

    Well everything now depends on Inter slipping yet again Jay and although I'm wishing for Roma to win the scudetto, after Inter's performance against Barca mid-week, I think they'll be on too much of high to falter in their last 3 matches.

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