Roma flew to a 4-0 win away to Villarreal in the first leg of the Round of 32 in Europa League action.
Luciano Spaletti’s men were sensational during their victory over the Yellow Submarine in a match that looked as though it’d be difficult for the Romans. Here is how we rated each Roma player’s individual performance from the match:
Alisson (7): The Brazilian ‘keeper had pretty much none to do all match long. However, he commanded his back-line well and held onto the ball superbly on a few deflected shots.
Bruno Peres (6.5): Peres had a good day down the right flank. He attacked superbly and defended valiantly.
Kostas Manolas (7): Manolas has been proving to the world that he is a quality central defender. It would be surprising if a top European team didn’t make a move for his services this summer as he can provide so much strength to a back-line.
Federico Fazio (7.5): Fazio has come up with yet another superb performance for Roma. The native Argentinean has been a pleasant surprise for the Serie A after his rough time at Spurs. It’s interesting to see whether Fazio will stay on at Roma permanently.
Antonio Rüdiger (6): The German is certainly a intimidating presence at the heart of Roma’s defense. Antonio provided a lot of strength and stability to the Roman defense and that allowed them to counter attack and score as much as they did.
Emerson (7.5): The Brazilian full-back scored an absolutely stunning goal from 25 meters out to give Roma the 1-0 advantage. After his goal, Villarreal seemed deflated and it was an important way for Roma to take advantage and score as many goals as possible.
Daniele De Rossi (7): The Roma captain and veteran put in a decent shift within the heart of Roma’s midfield. He had a near perfect day despite a few poorly placed passes within the final 20 minutes of the match that could have cost his team. However, luckily for Daniele, Villarreal weren’t able to take full advantage.
Kevin Strootman (7.5): The Dutchman seems to be hitting all the right notes lately with his performances every week. Kevin is the work-horse Roma were missing in their midfield last year that will willingly run for a full 90 minutes and stop the opposition from creating chances.
Radja Nainggolan (8): Nainggolan was his typical self today. He was everywhere on the pitch and didn’t stop until the final whistle blew. He is certainly one of the world’s current top midfielders especially with his quality on the ball. His pass to Dzeko for Roma’s 4th goal was perfection.
Stephan El Shaarawy (6): Stephan put in a good performance but was definitely outshone by his teammates that just simply had better performances. He put in a few great crosses to Dzeko which almost ended up in more goals for the Bosnian.
Edin Dzeko (9 MOTM): The Bosnian hit-man was near perfect today. His touches were sublime, his finishing unparalleled. Edin finished the day off with a hattrick to his name and a lot more respect from the rest of the Serie A fan-base who made fun of him all of last year.
Mohamed Salah (6.5): Salah came on and provided such a spark for Roma. As soon as he came in, so much space opened up for the Romans to capitalize on. It comes to no surprise that Dzeko’s hattrick came after Salah’s entrance.
Leandro Paredes (N/A): Paredes didn’t play long enough to be given a performance rating.