In a wild 3-3 finish with Atalanta, Roma were able to salvage a point in a near disaster.
Francesco Totti turned out to be the hero in the 85th minute when he tied the game up for the giallorossi, up until that point, it seemed today would be a total disaster for Roma. After yesterday’s Inter win over Napoli, Roma had the opportunity to cut into Napoli’s lead and have a shot at overtaking the Partenopei for second place. Now, however, it seems that Roma will be on the defensive trying to hold onto their Champions League spot.
In the 23rd minute Lucas Digne opened the scoring then shortly after Radja Nainggolan double the guest’s lead making it 2-0. Atalanta then hit Roma with everything they had. Midfielder Marco D’Alessandro opened for Atalanta in the 33rd minute and a few minutes later Marco Borriello tied it for La Dea.
Five minutes into the second half, Marco Borriello put Atalanta out in front and it wasn’t until Francesco Totti came on and scored late that Roma were able to breathe a sigh of relief.
Head coach Luciano Spalletti was not happy with his outfit’s performance citing a lack of “balance” as a main issue.
“We kept losing the ball and let them get back into it after we’d gone 2-0 up.
“We’re not able to stay focused and on our toes. We don’t gain the vital yards or occupy the key positions on the pitch. Our opponents know that they have to take the few chances they get.”
Spalletti did however recognize Francesco Totti’s efforts, in recent weeks the two have been at odds over the treatment of the Roma legend, and Spalletti at one point even sent Totti to the stands.
“If Totti has a shot he scores,” Spalletti noted. “But his running, his eagerness and the way he took the game by the scruff of the neck was important too.
“When you play against a side that closes down the space, it’s right that he comes on to pick out the passes.”