I'm pretty sure we played 4-2-3-1. But it was weird to drop the formation and players that actually play a nice game of football last weekend and end up with what we can be thankful for a lucky draw. What a bunch of useless wankers.Claudio had his first miss step, and it seems to be a curse with all of the coaches we had in over 20 years (except for Capello that one season, and then back to insisting on 4-4-2 and his Lima fetish).
you see, the match before last we played 4-2-3-1 and did very well, in fact we've played the best football we've played in a very long while, so what do we do the match after it while facing a Piątek-less Genoa that dropped points in 6 straight prior?
what Ranieri decided to do was go back to his 4-4-2, and there was so much wrong with that decision and what sealed our fate was that the man stuck by that decision even as it proved that it wasn't working.
as for player choices, SES and Zaniolo are not wingers. Pellegrini started as a playmaker/shadow striker and had a woeful match (Zaniolo didn't get to play there and Pastore who had an impressive showing playing that role last match was kept on the bench) and was taken off for Schick, who was even more useless and played a role in the goal we conceived. Cristante too had a very bad game, his decision making process took forever resulting in dangerous situations and the moment that illustrates how he didn't want to be on the pitch was when Fazio had the ball and Nzonzi, covered by two men, pointed towards Cristante instructing Fazio to pass the ball there, only for Cristante to point at Nzoniz! and despite this he was left on the pitch for the duration of the match.
player choices can be fixed by either substitution or tactical approach after the fact, however Ranieri stuck to his guns through out the match even though it was obvious that our attack was playing too close to our midfield for us to create any real danger, even though we had more ball possession, and that our wingers were not really wingers to effectively create width. and after Zaniolo was taken off for Kluivert, and with SES doing his best, there was still mostly no one in the box to benefit from the crosses.
sure we were unlucky that Pelligrini and Dzeko did not convert their chances, but we were also lucky to get away with a point. personally I would've taken Cristante off for Kluivert in the second half and moved Zaniolo behind Dzeko and Pelligrini back next to Nzonzi, shifting back to 4-2-3-1 and worked from there, alas CL is lost.
also, there's no doubt that SES is Roma's best player in this disaster of a season and should have his contract extended and wage demands met.
the lineup would suggest a 4-2-3-1, but on the pitch they played a flat 4-4-2. and it is what Ranieri knows and likes and falls back on to, it is why he wants to play both Dzeko and Schick together while declaring that Schick is a central forward. this happened once before where the formation announced on screen was 4-2-3-1, while in reality it was a flat 4-4-2 and we didn't play well then either.I'm pretty sure we played 4-2-3-1. But it was weird to drop the formation and players that actually play a nice game of football last weekend and end up with what we can be thankful for a lucky draw. What a bunch of useless wankers.
for a while and then the bottom falls of his team and a period of mediocrity follows. he's also not an upgrade on Ranieri, especially in man management and handling of the press, and I'm not a huge fan of Caludio.Probably end up at Inter so we should get Spalletti back with lack of options. If nothing else, we play much nicer football with him.
Primo, my man, it's part of a coach's job to instill that hunger and anger in the players. the tactics and line ups are also very important. so yeah, you do need a tactician.Roma fighting for an EL spot with three matches to play. Our mediocrity finally caught up to us. It will be interesting to see how the club responds. We don't need tacticians without hunger and anger.
De Rossi: I didn’t reply to his question fully, but its related to your question. Romanismo is something that’s counted for a lot with us. It’s something important and it’s within steady hands, because Lorenzo and Alessandro can continue this heritage. They won’t be asked to imitate me or Francesco because that would be the biggest mistake in the world. With their own personality, they have to continue bringing forward that belonging to the shirt. But I have to say there’s also a Bryan Cristante who came from... [to Cristante] Where were you? From Bergamo, or from the North in any case. He’s not a Romanista. But I would want another hundred guys like him, who put the soul into training and on the pitch.Is Pellegrini the only romano left on this team? Damn...