On Sunday, Luciano Spalletti and his Roma side overcame off-field distractions and romped Palermo 5-0 at the Stadio Olimpico.
Here is how we rated the individual performances of Roma’s players following their victory over Palermo.
Szczesny (7.0): The Polish keeper wasn’t tested much at all against a very weak Palermo side. His defense ensured Franco Vazquez and Alberto Gilardino didn’t link up. It was an easy day for the former Arsenal man.
Maicon (7.5): The Brazilian was bombing down the right flank throughout the match and did get a few good looks at goal. His attacking ability was welcomed today, but it was his efforts on the defensive end that earned him more praise.
Manolas (8.0): Iachini’s men did not pose much of a threat at all the entire match, and Manolas’ stout play in the back ensured that held true through 90 minutes. The Greek man remains their most prominent in the back.
Rüdiger (7.0): The tall German international has undergone an up-and-down season. We’ve seen him command the central-back role with confidence at times, while also slipping up at points during the season. On Sunday, he won a few air battles and held down the fort along with Manolas.
Digne (7.0): It’s hard to pick out a single under-performer when your team scores five in a clean-sheet. Digne wasn’t particularly at his best, but he always pushed forward and did not forget his defensive duties.
Florenzi (7.5): Florenzi had a few key dribbles, a pass success rate of 91%, via Who Scored, and became involved in the buildups. A good day for the versatile Italian, even if he didn’t have a direct involvement in any of the goals.
Keita (8.5): The 36-year old Keita scored a goal and linked up tremendously with Pjanic who played in the creative trequartista role. He did a splendid job in the midfield, making tackles and winning the ball on numerous occasions. The former Barcelona man was solid.
Nainggolan (8.5): The Belgian did it all today in the midfield, using his body and physicality to get his way. Always a force, Nainggolan dispossessed any glimmer of light Palermo sought with three tackles, via Who Scored. He also assisted Salah’s second goal and showed a bit of flair doing it. Just another day in the trenches for him.
Pjanic (8.5): The Bosnian played in a perfect ball to Dzeko before his fellow countryman made light work of it to open the scoreline, giving the 25-year old playmaker the assist. Pjanic also nearly scored from a free kick. He played the number 10 role exceptionally well today and looks to have this position under control.
Salah (9.5): Making someone choose a Man of the Match honor in this one is difficult. The Egyptian scored two goals, one of them…well, you need to check that out. The ex-Fiorentina winger was dynamic all night and caused all types of problems for Palermo. Salah was simply on his game in front of the home crowd.
Dzeko- MOTM (9.5): After missing a sitter, Dzeko bounced back, and in a big way. The former Manchester City ace scored two goals but also collected two assists, showing his brilliance in the creativity department. The assist on Salah’s first goal couldn’t have been timed better. He could have let the embarrassing miss ruin his match, but the Bosnian international shook it off and turned in a performance worthy of Man of the Match honors.
Falque (7): After relieving Pjanic, Falque got involved in the action a bit. Usually he is out on the wings but Spalletti tried him behind the strikers. A nice 20 minutes of action for the former Genoa attacker.
Strootman (n/a): After months recovering from surgery, the “Washing Machine” got his first taste of action in what feels like forever. It was difficult to assess his performance, but seeing the Dutchman feature was a treat in itself.
Perotti (7.5): After Salah was subbed off to a roaring ovation from the Roma faithful, Perotti decided to get involved in the fun, providing the assist on Dzeko’s late goal which helped him secure a double of his own.