- 5 Talking Points of Udinese V Roma Game
Radja Nainggolan & Cengiz Under led Roma to their third successive Victory on Saturday night. As they got past an uninspired Udinese side that really looked like they were playing for the draw. After a scoreless first half second-half goals from Turkish youngster Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti lead Eusebio D Francesco’s Roma side past Massimo Oddo’s Udinesse in a 2-0 Victory on Saturday night An important win as they head into the Champions League knockout round on Wednesday
Here are five talking points from the match.
The Emergence Of Turkish Youngster Cengiz Under :
??Kazanmaya devam ???❤️
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— Cengiz Ünder (@cengizunder) February 17, 2018
the 20 year-old midfielder arrived in Rome this summer after is 13 million move from Istanbul. In his early days with Roma he struggled despite that he continued to get game time from Di Francesco. Things really turned around in the start of 2018 he has put in performance after performance after performance he has been one of the best players for Roma since the turn of the new year. Last night’s game was no different he scored his fourth goal in the last three games. At the moment he is just hot right now three of those goals were Screamer’s from outside the box. That was no different in this match in a scoreless draw late in the second half he took the strike of the game blasting it into the top corner to ensure a victory. You could argue he’s been the best player in the year of 2018 so far in Italian football he continues to get better and better and he will be crucial for that game and Ukraine on Wednesday.
The Changing to the 4-2-3-1
Coming off Roma’s worst form in years Roma’s manager Eusebio Di Francesco decided to make a change. The Italian boss has heavily relied on the 4-3-3 formation one that put him on the map at sassuolo. It is a formation he has stuck with despite the bad times. 3 weeks ago he’s changed is formation which came as a surprise to many. Since he is moved to the 4-2-3-1 formation Roma have not lost a game. Several players have benefited from the switch especially Under. Roma have hit a hot streak at exactly the right time and a lot of that I believe is due to the formation. I believe that dzeko prefers being the lone Striker much like he was last year when he won the Golden Boot. This formation will help and benefit Roma as they face some of the tougher matches over the next few weeks. Roma are a different team with this formation.
Udinese Lack of Attack
Udinese I believe have a lot of good attacking players in their squad which is why I was so surprised by their approach last night. It seemed that they were just playing for the draw because are there inability to attack. It was the way they went about doing it they didn’t look interested in attacking they were bent out of shape about conceding a goal they wanted a point that was their goal coming into the game. They barely attacked over the entire 90 minutes and when they did they’re finishing was poor. Allison barely had anything to do all game in fact only once did Alison have to make a diving save their lack of attacking style football gave him the day off.
The Return of Radja Nainggolan
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 17, 2018
Radja Nainggolan missed last week’s game against benevento. Despite Roma winning that game quite easily the team lacked that polarizing figure in the Midfield which is why it took them awhile to get things going in that game. In fairness it took Roma a while to open up in this game as well. However he controlled that Midfield throughout the entire game. Roma did not score until the second half but despite that Radja was putting Roma in a position to score on a consistent basis if his teammates we’re a little more clinical early in the game they would have scored more goals. He was absolutely superb every time he touched the ball it turned to gold he was giving so much service to his teammates. He set up Roma’s 2nd goal through ball did most of the work as Perotti only needed to get a touch to the ball to put it in the back of the net. When he is in the team Roma are just a different Beast as long as it’s in that Midfield you know in your heart to heart that Roma have a chance to win last night was no different it was evident.
Udinese Keeper Albano Bizzarri
Udinese let themselves down and a lot of ways last night as I mentioned their attack was non-existent they struggled throughout the game. There was one positive take from last night’s loss. Their goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri despite leaking two goals he did everything he could to keep them out he took and attack oriented team to the second half and deep in the second half without scoring. Eventually he was beat twice in the second half but both goes You could argue we’re close to Unstoppable. Roma were ruthless in their attack they attacked early and often. he stood there dealt with everything that was thrown his way a good portion of the match. Eventually he was beaten but he made some really good saves in important moments to keep it close his team did lose but he was arguably the best player on the pitch last night.