AS Roma opened their season away at Turin as they tried to get their league campaign on the right foot. It was a battle as Torino provided more than expected as they pushed the Romans to the brink almost stealing points from the Giallorossi. However with the game on the line, Justin Kluivert found Edin Dzeko and the Bosnian won it for Roma at the death to ensure three points for Roma on the Serie A opening weekend. As Edin Dzeko rescued Roma, a valiant Torino showed their quality, never back down from anything attitude but Dzeko and Roma prevailed 1-0 as Roma extend their incredible away form and now are unbeaten in 27 of last 28 away fixtures.
● The Value Of Edin Dzeko :
The value of Edin Dzeko could not be any more clear after the late win against Torino. He has been one of the most productive players in Roma’s history. He has 74 goals in 136 games and he currently sits as the 11th highest scorer in Roman history. This is only Edin Dzeko’s fourth season in Rome and he was very poor during his first year with all that being said last night proved how important he really is to this team. So many times in so many situations Edin Dzeko has rescued Roma.
Yesterday Roma needed to score and as time was winding down Edin Dzeko delivered as he has done this on a consistent basis since he’s been here. Yesterday was just a reminder of how efficient he really is. He is one of the most complete strikers in the World a high-volume goal scorer with excellent passing ability and very underrated ball control. He continues to deliver for Roma despite being 32 years old and he is the most important player Roma have had over the last three seasons.
Mohamed Salah Radja Nainggolan and Alison Becker are no longer here but Edin Dzeko still remains. His leadership for the young players on this team really has made this team more unified over the last 2 years. Edin Dzeko will continue to score goals this season and by the end of this season I believe he will crack into the top eight of Roma’s all-time leading goal scorers.
● Torino Could Be The Surprise Package This Season :
This Torino team could be one of the dark horses this season. Going into the game I knew that they were a very good team because they’ve got back to back top 10 finishes. However I didn’t consider them a team that can push for Europe. It is one game so it’s a rather small sample size but given what I saw from Torino yesterday they have all the makeup of a team that can surprise a few this season. Despite not having a great deal of possession when they had the ball and then when they went forward they were incredibly dangerous. They may not have that many big name players but collectively they’re smart and strategic and knows how to break teams down. Roma’s defense is one of the best in Italy and Torino pressurized them and forced them into committing mistakes at several points. They got into dangerous areas often and even though their finishing was less than stellar but they had a few chances where looked very promising. In the majority of this game it looked like they were going to get away with a point that’s how good they were. They play Inter Milan next week. Inter are coming off a miserable performance against Sassuolo and if they play with the same intensity and execute a similar game plan they might be overpowered by Torino. If they can perform at this level against the big teams I’m sure they can sustain it against the rest of the league if they’re able to do that they have a chance at Europe.
● Roma’s Decision Making :
Roma played a very good game and there were more positives than negatives. We saw a lot of production and improvements from the majority of the Roma players. However something they can work on is there decision-making especially in attacking positions. There were a few occasions where when Roma got into the box or near it they opted for long-rangers even if it was not the right decision. This isn’t a massive issue but it’s something that could be worked on going forward this season. Being able to make the decision to control the ball before firing it at goal. They just need to tweak it just a little bit, just make a few better decisions with the ball especially in dangerous areas and I think this team will be very dangerous on the attack. Playing smart is going to be very important this season. Slight improvements here and Eusebio’s men should seem a much more disciplined and mature team than we saw last season.
● Andrea Belotti Again A Disappointment :
Andrea Belotti two seasons ago was one of the League’s best players. He scored 26 goals and was one of the top three scorers in the league. This opted Torino to put in a 100 million release clause in his contract bumping up the asking price to incredible numbers. Since this happened he has vastly underperformed. He is an extremely talented striker but has not been able to display that