“I’m becoming more Italian” didn’t bring good results. And experimenting too much sometimes doesn’t pay off. Fonseca went on to change because he was frightened of Atalanta, a good team but defeated 4-0 in Zagreb last week and struggled with Fiorentina last in the standings.
Seeing Atalanta fighting on all the balls, winning all the tackles, always first, was not a pretty sight. A slow Roma team, predictable, never pressing. A team never in control, in perpetual difficulty in the middle, who tried to react only in the last 10 minutes.
We need to say that Roma had its goal opportunities, from the resounding Zaniolo to Kalinic, going from Dzeko to Smalling. But they were flashes. Kalinic had two chances in two games and managed to always shoot at the goalkeeper. Smalling has played a good game, one of the few, too bad for that header.
This game should be forgotten quickly. One step back, a big disappointment, because we didn’t expect it. A pity because Fonseca has reshuffled the cards when perhaps there was no need. A bad game, a sign of weakness that has reduced the attitude and the path of the team made so far. Better to lose 2-3 but without distorting yourself. A mistake that we hope will never happen again. Next Lecce. Must win. Daje Roma.