AS Roma – Lazio Roma: AS Roma beat city rivals in end-to-end and intense derby (3-1)

This edition of the Derby della Capitale was close and very intense, with chances for either side. AS Roma won because of better finishing and converting from set pieces, but it was hard to say which team truly deserved to win.

This derby has a bit more back-story than your run-of-the-mill ‘two clubs from the same city or region’, mind you. In 1927, Italy’s political leader Benito Mussolini aimed to found a strong football club from the capital, as the clubs from northern Italy were dominating the Serie A. His idea was to merge all four Roman football clubs. Because SS Lazio refused to participate, they became the immediate rival for the newfound club AS Roma, consisting of the other three clubs.

A little over 91 years later, that very same AS Roma played what is now known as the Derby della Capitale against Lazio Roma. The hosts came into this game on the back of a very average league start, gathering only eight points out of a possible eighteen. Manager Eusebio di Francesco’s formation of choice seems to be 4-2-3-1 for now, with Steven Nzonzi and Daniele de Rossi in a double pivot in midfield.

Lazio Roma will be very content if they manage to finish the season on the fourth place, exactly where they stood coming into this match. They had a fairly good season opening, winning four games and losing two. Manager Simone Inzaghi favours a formation with three center-backs, very offensive wingbacks and one holding midfielder (Lucas Leiva) flanked by two more forward-thinking midfielders.

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