Is It Possible For Roma to Get Back on Track This Season?

So far, Roma has had a very inconsistent season. Whenever the club plays, it’s as if you don’t know what you’re going to get. Roma reminds me of a common saying from a certain someone in a movie we all know. However, it’ll be interesting to see whether Roma can recover from its rollercoaster ride in the first half of their season.

Why Won’t Roma Turn Their Season Around? 

Well, Roma has qualified for the round of 16 in the Champions League, one thing has plagued them this season. That is the club’s defense. Now, I’m not going to sit here and say Roma needs to completely overhaul its backline, but the club needs to improve at the back in order to become more consistent. Roma has a wealth of pace and excitement upfront, but the club can’t rely on scoring more than 1 goal every game to win. Well, Roma plays an exciting attacking game, it will not benefit them if the defense doesn’t improve.

Roma has a very little chance of turning its season around if their main striker, Edin Dzeko, continues to not score. It’s interesting because in the Champions League he has plenty of goals, but in order to help Roma improve its results, Dzeko needs to step up. If Edin Dzeko doesn’t step up, Roma’s path of inconsistency will remain. If anyone is wondering why Dzeko needs to step up, it’s because Roma’s wingers and midfielders keep scoring goals for them, but their main purposes aren’t to score, unless your CR7 or Messi. But, in any case Dzeko needs to score to allow these other players to focus on what they do best or this season will implode for Roma.

Why Roma Will Turn Their Season Around?

Last season at this time, Roma were in a similar position in Italian soccer and ended up qualifying for the Champions League for this season as well as making it all the way to the Champions League semifinals. If there’s anything to gather from last season, it’s that Eusebio Di Francesco is a good manager and will be able to motivate and setup his squad for success in the future. If he can figure out how to improve this defense, it will lead to more consistent results.

Edin Dzeko has only scored two goals in the Serie A season, thus far. But, he only scored that many goals at the beginning of the season. He could only improve from here and that is a good thing for Roma, as they will be battling on three fronts for a while. Many clubs don’t want to imagine how good Roma would be if Dzeko steps up to the plate. Also, considering the amount of goals he has already scored in the Champions League this season, he should be doing some damage in Europe.

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Italy’s Performance Under Mancini So Far

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    As the Italian National Squad ends their  matches for 2018, it is worth analyzing how far they’ve come and what they still need to improve on. 

                          Positives 

                          Their Style of Play 

          For many years, the Italian style of play has been the Catenaccio system of play, which until recently, has worked for them. Legendary defenders and attackers have assisted them in playing this style over the years. However, under Mancini that has changed. The Italian National Squad plays a more attacking style of play under Mancini because he has realized that Italy is not good enough to sit on 1-0 leads anymore. The more offensive style of play also allows midfielders such as Verratti or Jorginho to play to their strengths, as opposed to being forced to drop back and defend for long periods of time. Which, is not their nest attributes on the field. 

       Italy’s Midfield is Flourishing Again 

        It has been a few years, six years to be exact. But, Italy’s midfield looks like they’ve found their creativity again. The midfield trio that Mancini has set up, has looked awe inspiring. Of course, when your midfield possesses the likes of Jorginho and Verratti, it’ll look sensational. However, under Mancini, Italy’s midfield has been on another level. A big part of that is the fact that Mancini is allowing the central midfielders to be more free and creative. That’s attributed to Italy’s new style of play. Of course, midfielders will always have to be good at running back and helping to defend, but under Mancini these magicians are also able to show their true strengths, which has benefited them greatly. 

        Negative 

                    Italy’s Lack of Goal Scoring 

      Italy has improved immensely under Mancini so far. However, one area that is still haunting Italy is the lack of goals. Mancini has tried many different players at the striker position. However, there is still no winning formula to solve Italy’s goal scoring woes. However, what I would suggest is that Mancini should continue to test out different players at that position. Even, try putting Insigne as Italy’s number 9. It has been working at Napoli this season. Insigne is naturally more of play-maker, but based on the amount of goals he has scored for Napoli this season at that position, why not try it? However, Italy seems to be improving under Mancini, let’s hope it continues.