AS Roma – Genoa CFC: Inconsistent Roma steal all three points in chaotic Serie A encounter (3-2)
In a chaotic and thrilling match, Genoa was very strong with their attacking movements and caused Roma’s passive defensive line all sorts of problems. Roma’s change of shape in the second half largely helped secure the 3-2 victory.
Tactical analysis by Chris Baker.
AS Roma made five changes from their previous Champions League game, a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Plzen, although they were already qualified for the knockout stage. Firstly, Roma switched back to a 3-4-3 formation. Starting from the back, Robin Olsen replaced Antonio Mirante in goal. Nicolò Zaniolo lead the attacking line replacing Patrik Schick. Juan Jesus and Federico Fazio came back in for Javier Pastore and Iván Marcano. Alessandro Florenzi also replaced Davide Santon on the right.
Genoa is led by veteran manager Cesare Prandelli, who made three changes to his side following the 1-1 draw with SPAL. Ervin Zukanović replaced the suspended Domenico Criscito as the right-sided center-back. Daniel Bessa moved into central midfield as opposed to Miguel Veloso. Lastly, Rômulo replaced Pedro Pereira at right wing-back.
Roma’s way of pressing against Genoa’s formation in possession
Genoa’s direct play against Roma’s 5-2-3
For the entire first half, Roma pressured Genoa’s possession plays, using a 5-2-3 formation. Justin Kluivert, Nicolo Zaniolo and Cengiz Ünder confronted the deeper players of Genoa as they looked to impose themselves using an aggressive man-marking scheme to match the away sides build-up.
The back three, in addition to the wing-backs, theoretically . . .