Roma continued their pursuit of Juventus with a comfortable and one-sided 4-1 win against Torino, carried by Salah and Nainggolan, but with a convincing team performance overall.
This how we rated the giallorossi’s performance:
Wojcech Szczesny (6): A very calm evening for the Polish goalkeeper, shielded by his defence throughout the whole game and not particularly culpable during Lopez’s goal.
Federico Fazio (6): It could be a 7 if we only considered his annihilation of Belotti in aerial challenges, but his mistake on Lopez’s goals brings the rating down a notch, inevitably.
Juan Jesus (6): Called in to replace the injured Rüdiger, Juan played a rough, but solid game. Initially suffering Benassi and Iago, Jesus improved as the game went on and didn’t commit any noteworthy mistakes.
Bruno Peres (6.5): As always, Peres was a nuisance for the opposition while attacking, but less convincing during his team’s defensive phase. Bringing his rating up, the providential tackle on Benassi just before half-time.
Kevin Strootman (6.5): The dutchman was very sound defensively speaking and organised in his ball-distribution.
Leandro Paredes (7.5): After a lazy start to the game, the ex-Boca man proved to be decisive during Roma’s attacking phase, serving a wonderful through ball to Salah during the second goal and scoring the third himself – in spectacular fashion too.
Emerson Palmieri (6.5): After beginning the season on his tiptoes, Emerson has imposed himself in Spalletti’s mechanisms and was solid throughout the whole game, bombing up the left-wing and giving Zappacosta multiple headaches.
Radja Nainggolan (7): Captain for the day, the Ninja thanked Spalletti by assisting Dzeko and scoring the definitive 4-1 during injury time. For the whole game he displayed the usual grit and quality, which we are now used to.
Mohamed Salah (7): Back from the Coupe d’Afrique, Salah doesn’t seem to have lost his verve or his form. He scored through a well-coordinated shot from just inside the box to put the giallorossi 2-0 up and almost repeated himself a few minutes later, hitting the post. Barreca couldn’t handle him.
Edin Dzeko (7.5 MOTM): Scored his 19th goal in the Serie A with a striker’s shot from the edge of the box. The Bosnian, other than scoring, contributed greatly to the team’s play, winning aerial challenges and distributing the ball neatly at every opportunity.
Thomas Vermaelen (5.5): Despite playing only 20 minutes, the ex-Arsenal captain kept Maxi Lopez onside during his goal.
Francesco Totti (6.5): Despite playing less than 10 minutes, Er Pupone assisted Nainggolan and gained the Olimpico’s applause, as always.