In the “Derby della Capitale”, Roma swept Lazio aside 2-0 in a game decided by individuals, but characterised by a solid team performance.
Here’s how we evaluated the giallorossi’s performances.
Wojciech Szczęsny (6): The Polish keeper remained virtually undisturbed for most of the game, particularly in the second half. Performed a couple good saves in the first.
Antonio Rudiger (6.5): He risked compromising his game with a stupid yellow card in the first 15 minutes, but luckily Lazio’s attacks gradually faded out, also due to his solidity.
Kostas Manolas (7): A defensive rock throughout the whole game, Manolas also stood out for two decisive goal-saving tackles in the second half, one on Immobile and one on Milinkovic-Savic.
Federico Fazio (6.5): Similarly to Rudiger, he went through no major risks and was very compact for the whole 90 minutes, showing hardly any signs of uncertainty or shakiness.
Bruno Peres (6): Combined a good work rate with some very efficient incursions in attack, almost winning a penalty for Roma in the first half.
Daniele De Rossi (6): Captain for the day, De Rossi played a significant role defensively, with a lot of recuperated balls, and was also key for Roma’s swift ball possession.
Kevin Strootman (6.5): Strootman was probably the weakest link in Roma’s midfield at the beginning, but his breakthrough goal, which came as a result of his inexorable pressing, was of inestimable importance.
Radja Nainggolan MOTM (7.5): The Ninja displayed his completeness with the usual great combination of aggressiveness, work rate, skills and, cherry on top, a cracking long-range goal to kill Lazio.
Emerson Palmieri (7): The critiqued wing-back did very well to limit Felipe Anderson’s creativity on his wing and was more noteworthy than his colleague Peres in attack. A pleasant surprise for Spalletti.
Diego Perotti (6): Not Perotti’s best game, since he didn’t really stand out and was fairly inconsistent. However, he was always dangerous when on the ball and provided Roma’s biggest attacking menace, given Dzeko’s performance.
Edin Dzeko (5): The only underperforming Roma player was ultimately Dzeko, who wasted two good heading opportunities. Admittedly, he wasn’t served much, which always conditions the performance of static strikers like him, but Edin should’ve really done better with two such glorious chances.
Juan Jesus (N/A): The player was not on the pitch long enough to be properly assessed.
Luciano Spalletti (6): Displaying Roma with an unusual 3-5-2, Spalletti managed to present a very compact side, that conceded little at the back and was always threatening on the counter. However, the game was won by individual mistakes (Wallace’s) and individual initiatives (Nainggolan’s), which more decisive than Roma’s overall performance.