This alarming trend offers an insight into Coach Rudi Garcia’s problems in preparing his charges for the opening 45 minutes of matches. Recently it seems the Capital outfit rediscover their best form when they concede the opening goal, with a mixture of anger and pride helping to salvage games.
Moving forward, it will be fascinating to see if Roma are capable of such adjustment.
Yet again the home crowd were treated to a dull, insipid passing game, devoid of any real passion and impetus, until adversity struck. This club, it has to be said, is extremely adept at overcoming obstacles – in Monday's case, being reduced to 10 men and a goal down to a Carlos Tevez free kick.
Mathematically the nine point deficit at the summit is possible to overhaul, albeit unlikely. If Roma can alter the way they approach the opening exchanges of matches, they can still fight their rivals from Turin all the way and supplement that with a sustained push in the Europa League. They just need to fine-tune their attitude and game management approach.
It stands to reason to ask why the Giallorossi can't show this level of enthusiasm from the beginning of matches. They tend to dominate possession in most games, yet can't find the space to cause damage. With Juan Iturbe, Daniele Verde, injured Victor Ibarbo, Seydou Doumbia and Gervinho, Roma have a plethora of players with the pace and off the ball movement to be able to locate space.
However the build-up play in 2015 from midfield has largely been slow, methodical and lacking forward passing. Miralem Pjanic, Daniele De Rossi and Seydou Keita have been some of the biggest culprits in this regard. It took until the 70th minute for Roma to attempt a shot on goal, in a season-defining match no less.
It can be argued the Giallorossi struggle to break down teams that are well organised defensively, as Juventus were on Monday. However as Iturbe, Alessandro Florenzi and Radja Nainggolan showed when coming off the bench, if Roma take the game to an op葡京赌王ponent, they can be dangerous.
In 2015 the Lupi have played nine league rounds and scored 10 goals. In five of those n澳门云鼎ine encounters they have had to conjure an equaliser to save a game. What will fill Romanisti with a mixture of pride and regret is that seven of the 10 goals scored this year have come in the second half and mostly having to chase a game.
Perhaps fearing repercussions, players are reluctant to commit themselves forward, lest they become scapegoats for mistakes made. It shows Roma are at their most passionate when having to chase a game, with seemingly nothing to lose.
In what was billed as a relative title decider at the Olimpico between Italy's top two teams, Roma could only muster a 1-1 draw with Juventus, where a win was desperately needed to launch a renewed bid for the Scudetto. For a game of such magnitude it was worry888博彩ingly evident the Giallorossi had the wrong approach.
An admirable trait certainly, but one that, if exhibited at the start of matches with a degree of constraint could see the club gain an advantage on the scoresheet and use their dominant possession later on to tire out teams who would have to be more expressive in search of goals. That in turn would play into the Giallorossi's hands and enable them to revert back to the devastating counter-attacking play that was a staple of last season.