He has a point, but increased tranquillity will not be the only item on Garcia’s wish list. A goalscorer seems to be the most obvious hole in the side. Roma have only scored 38 goals this season, less than Juventus, Napoli, Lazio and Inter and the same amount as 11th-placed Palermo. Not exactly what you’d associate with the easy-on-the-eye, attacking side Garcia had suggested he was creating last season.
In any other circumstances, a draw such as this – fighting back against the odds – would appear to be a result worth celebrating. Yet it is hard to imagine many parties took place in the capital as Giallorossi hopes of ending a 14-year wait for a Scudetto were all but extinguished.bbin真人视讯平台
They have been criticised for the inability to finish off games or perform on big occasions, yet Monday’s crucial clash saw the Lupi fight back to earn a point when a goal and a man down, following the expulsion of Vasilis Torosidis.
During their incredible run of nine draws in 12 league matches, Rudi Garcia’s Giallorossi have steadily slid down the Serie A standings, from a title-contending position to a seemingly insurmountable nine point gap to Max Allegri’s side.
The Partenopei’s setb365bet开户官网ack allowed Lazio and Fiorentina to close the gap, with the Biancocelesti beating Sassuolo 3-0 to move within two points and La Viola grabbing a Neto-inspired 1-0 win away to Inter.
There have been all sorts of performances during this run: From the high-octane 2-2 draw in the Rome derby, to the barely believable goalless tie with shell-shocked Parma, to Monday night’s potentially decisive 1-1 against Juve.
Sampdoria stayed within touching distance after a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Atalanta halted a six-match winless run in all competitions.
The psychological fortitude of the players and their coach has been called into question on plenty of occasions throughout, but it appears difficult to decide how strong or weak the players are mentally.
Football analysts may thank Roma for giving them a tour through the different ways of drawing a football match.
Lupi goalscorer Seydou Keita said after the match that “Juve have been playing together and winning for years, so they have that sense of calm we haven’t got yet.”
While it might seem blasphemous in some parts to even suggest it, Francesco Totti is just not the man to spearhead the attack of a title-winning side these days. The Roma captain undoubtedly still has the ability to make the difference when it matters, as his goal against Verona last week demonstrated, but at 38 he cannot possibly be expected to take the brunt of the scoring responsibility. Seydou Doumbia is an interesting addition and could well be the man to fill this void.
On the plus side for doom-laden Romanisti, even if they might have thrown away a title chance on Monday, they are second in Serie A and in the last 16 of the Europa League, a position not to be sniffed at as their development continues. With a new stadium on the horizon, the future could be rosy.
Meanwhile, it was an important week in the race for third as Napoli fell to a1-0 defeat at永利网投 the hands of on-fire Torino, who took their unbeaten league run to 12 matches only days after their superb Europa League win against Athletic Club.