AS Roma – Internazionale: No decider as points shared in end-to-end high tempo game (2-2)

Both AS Roma and Inter Milan were subject to disappointing losses during the week in the Champions League, with both looking to get back to winning ways. In a high-intensity match, Inter were very strong in their high pressing and caused Roma lots of problems in possession. The hosts were not as effective off the ball, but did give Inter’s defense a tough time.

Tactical analysis by Chris Baker

Having lost their previous two matches, Roma made five changes to their starting eleven. In their 4-2-3-1 formation, all three attacking players were changed, as Luca Pellegrini, Stephan El Shaarawy and Justin Kluivert dropped out for Alessandro Florenzi, Nicolo Zaniolo and Cengiz Ünder. Kostas Manolas replaced Federico Fazio in central defense with Robin Olsen starting between the sticks.

Luciano Spalletti made four changes to his team, following the 3-0 victory over Frosinone. Lautaro Martínez, as expected, was replaced by star striker Mauro Icardi. Matteo Politano and Roberto Gagliardini dropped to the bench replaced by João Mário and Ivan Perišić. Marcelo Brozović returned as well, to replace the injured Radja Nainggolan.

Roma’s 4-4-2 pressing formation against Inter’s build-up.


Inter’s defensive plan neutralizes Roma’s build-up

Inter were keen to impose themselves at the start of the match, and thus began at a high tempo. Their pressing was very effective in the opening exchanges and denied Roma the ability to create short combinations to move up the pitch. This was partly down to Inter’s heavy man-marking, which effectively reduced the number of options available to the player . . .

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Chris Baker (22) is a Business Coordinator. Interested in, and writes about, tactics. Coaches twice a week and aspires to work full time in football. Tries to follow most of the top teams across Europe, especially Arsenal and Barcelona. When he is not coaching or watching football, he is probably reading… about football. [ View all posts ]

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