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Roma disappointed today as they lost 3-2 to the same Sampdoria side they handily defeated a week earlier in Coppa Italia. This greatly damages their title hopes as they now stand at -4 points from Juve who have a game in hand.

Goalkeeper:

Wojciech Szczesny (5.5): During the first half he made some important saves for the Giallorossi, however in event of Schick’s momentary equalizer in the second half, he could have and should have done more. Muriel’s free-kick goal was nigh-on-impossible to save.

Defenders:

Thomas Vermaelen (4): Luciano Spalletti’s choice to start the belgian today raised some eyebrows, and for good reason. Vermaelen’s poor defending allowed Sampdoria to score both equalizers. Roma might start looking for a new back-up centerback on the transfer market following his extremely poor performance.

Federico Fazio (6): Not the best showing from the Argentine, who seemed sluggish at time on the field. He was however able to consistently use his physical stature to make tackles on the smaller Sampdoria players.

Antonio Rudiger (5.5): With Roma’s three man defense, Rudiger was placed on the right side of the defense. It is apparent that his skill set calls more for a four man defense, but he was still able to aid the team both on the defensive side of the ball and the offensive. Regini and Muriel gave him trouble throughout the game, so there is much to work on for the young German.

Midfielders:

Daniele De Rossi (6): An okay showing from the Roma veteran, who as usual was able to slot back and help  the defense in times of need, but also able to spark some Roma counter attacks. Needs better performances from people around him to play at his best.

Kevin Strootman (5): Very disappointing game from the Dutchman, who was largely invisible for most of the match. The Roma faithful left the match having not seen the Strootman that they have become used to. He was not able to offer a valid physical presence in the middle of the field and his defense left much to be desired.

Emerson Palmieri (6): Although he appeared one or two steps slow at times on defense, that did not stop him from making his mark offensively. Bruno Peres’ goal came off a Palmieri shot saved by Puggioni, and later Dzeko’s goal was off a tidy cross from the Brazilian wing back.

Bruno Peres (6): He may have scored Roma’s first goal, but his performances on both sides of the ball were rather disappointing. Roma fans are still waiting to see the Bruno Peres that played for Torino, who was comparable to Roma great Cafu, but so far have been shown lackluster performances. He has much to improve on if he hopes to retain his position in the squad.

Forwards:

Diego Perotti (5):  The Argentine winger has struggled since fellow-forward Mohamed Salah has left to play the AFCON Cup of Nations. This is because without another offensive threat on the flans, Sampdoria’s defense was able to key in on him stop him from making an impact on the game. Even when he did have oppurtunities, the results were disappointing, with many poor crosses and poor shots on goal.

Radja Nainggolan (6.5): Probably Roma’s best player today, but that isn’t saying much. As usual the Belgian was tireless in chasing down the ball, but unfortunately when he got it, was not able to do much. His signature long shots were still seen, but not with the same result as the Coppa Italia match-up with Sampdoria.

Edin Dzeko: (6.5): After his stellar start at the beginning of the season, it seems that the Bosnian is running out of steam. He was able to score one goal, but was not a presence on the offensive side of the ball. The fans of the Giallorossi can only hope that this is a small hiccup in what has been a good season for Dzeko.

Substitutes:

Francesco Totti (5): Er Capitano came on with 12 minutes left on the clock to inject some creativity into a stale Roma side. His signature long passes were the same as they’ve always been (which is to say ungodly) however they did not have the desired result. The only spark came when a long pass from Totti hit Dzeko who in turn smacked into the back of the net, only for the Bosnian to be whistled offside.

Leandro Paredes (4.5): The young argentine might be feeling some pressure on his back as transfer rumours about him have been flying around for the past few days. This was obviously apparent from his poor showing in the last 5 minutes of the match where he made many bad passes and was unable to aid the team offensively.

Stephan El Sharaawy (5): The Italian winger has been lacking confidence according to Spalletti, and it was noticeable in his time on the pitch. Il Faraone found himself one on one with Puggioni but was unable to scored the equaliser for Roma. He is another player that should be putting in extra time at training this coming week.

Coach:

Luciano Spalletti (5): The Tuscan’s choice to put in Vermaelen instead of Kostas Manolas backfired and resulted in two goals for Sampdoria. His presence on the sideline was subdued (but in the end it has been for the past few matches) and his substitutions did not pan out as planned. Perhaps more action on the transfer market would give Spalletti more choices with the team instead of using the same lackluster subsitutes.

Roma’s next match will be against Fiorentina, and if the Giallorossi hope to leave with 3 points in hand, there is much work to be done at Trigoria this week. Juventus continue to charge towards yet another Scudetto and it seems Roma have yet again been left in their wake, up a creek, without a paddle.

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