AS Roma – Fiorentina: Tough Welcome In Mourinho’s First Roma Win (3-1)
A pair of new managers oversaw an exciting clash between some of Serie A’s prestigious names, where a pair of red cards would shape the flow of momentum. Fiorentina provided a good display in possession where they progressed centrally and used the flanks well. However, Mourinho’s return saw Roma’s dynamic attackers prove to be vital as they capitalized in transition to earn the win.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
Entering a new campaign, Serie A had seen many managerial changes to the league’s premier outfits. This leaves the current state of the league’s expectations up in the air and sets the situation for both clubs in the highlight fixture of Serie A’s opening weekend.
Roma have brought in one of the most recognizable names to take the helm. José Mourinho made his return to the Italian top flight where he will aim to re-establish himself in the current managerial landscape. In contrast, Fiorentina have opted for a different direction in terms of name value. They hired the up-and-coming Vincenzo Italiano who had impressed by recently guiding Spezia to a fifteenth-placed Serie A finish. This trip to Rome provided him with a high-profile start to his time in charge of Fiorentina.
José Mourinho went with a 4-2-3-1 shape in this opener. In goal was Rui Patrício and the defensive four were Rick Karsdorp, Gianluca Mancini, Roger Ibañez and Matías Viña. Bryan Cristante and Jordan Veretout were the double pivot Two central midfielders next to each other. with the trio in support of newly-signed striker . . .