Did Luciano Spalletti have a team of Gladiators or Chokers?

Roma have finished second place in Serie A, behind Juventus. Having crashed out of Coppa Italia and the Europa League as well, Roma will endure another trophy-less season, a disappointment for a team stacked with top talents in every position. What went wrong? Is Roma the gladiator that its fans hope for, or the choker that its … Continue reading Did Luciano Spalletti have a team of Gladiators or Chokers?

Gian Piero Ventura’s Italian Experiment

Gian Piero Ventura took over as the head coach of the Italy national team after Antonio Conte. While extremely well respected in Italian football circles, he has never coached any traditional big clubs, nor has he won any major club honors. Here we look at how the new Italy national team interprets his tactics and discuss some … Continue reading Gian Piero Ventura’s Italian Experiment

Tactical Analysis: Roma @ Juventus 0-1 Serie A 12/17/2016 Roma did not show the credential of a champion

First-place Juventus hosted second-placed Roma in Juventus Stadium. Juventus played a 4-3-1-2 formation during the offensive phase, with Pjanic playing the role of the trequartista. In the defensive phase, they transitioned into a flat 4-4-2. Roma fielded a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman playing the double pivot roles. To support Edin Dzeko, Radja Nainggolan has … Continue reading Tactical Analysis: Roma @ Juventus 0-1 Serie A 12/17/2016 Roma did not show the credential of a champion

Tactical Analysis: Roma @ Napoli 3-1 Serie A 1o/15/2016 Spalletti “out-Sarri” Napoli

Roma visited Napoli on 10/15/2016 in this highly anticipated encounter. Napoli fielded its usual 4-3-3 formation. The only notable change was Nikola Maksimovic replaced injured Raul Albiol. Roma played seemingly a 4-2-3-1 formation. In the offensive phase of the game, they switched to a 3-4-1-2 formation, with Alessandro Florenzi taking the wing back position on the right-hand side. To … Continue reading Tactical Analysis: Roma @ Napoli 3-1 Serie A 1o/15/2016 Spalletti “out-Sarri” Napoli