It’s gone from bad to worse for Roma. A pre-season title hopeful, the Giallorossi currently find themselves in the bottom half of the table, with just one win to their name.
Roma suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of a clinical Bologna, with goals to Federico Mattiello and Federico Santander.
While a loss is never pleasant, a loss to a team that had no wins or goals prior to the match is much worse.
It is this result which is emblematic of a broader period of malaise for Eusebio Di Francesco’s men. A 2-2 draw with the rock bottom Chievo after leading 2-0 was preceded by a 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Before that, there was a 2-1 loss to the currently 12th-placed Milan and a lucky escape with a point against the currently 13th-placed Atalanta – who the Giallorossi trailed 3-1 at home before finding two goals.
The fall has been swift for Roma. In May this year they beat Liverpool 4-2 in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, ultimately losing 7-6 on aggregate and missing out on the final by one goal. Only 144 days later, Roma are 14th in Serie A with only five points on the board.
On Afternoons on FNR, the panel believed the summer departures of Kevin Strootman and Radja Nainggolan to Marseille and Inter respectively has “killed the team”.
“Unfortunately they have not been able to fill the void left by Strootman and Nainggolan,” said Adriano Del Monte.
The next two games for Roma will be of vital importance. A midweek match against Frosinone, another side who have yet to score let alone win, followed by the Derby della Capitale. Losing either match will be unacceptable.
Positive results in these two games could not only alter the course of Roma’s season, but also help decide whether or not Di Francesco will make it through the season as coach.