AS Roma – Napoli: Foolish Handballs Undo Napoli’s Well-Working Game Plan (2-1)
An impressive defensive setup created a solid base for AS Roma to take the game to Napoli and capture the lead. After Kolarov missed a penalty, Mertens helped Napoli improve offensively, but another handball and a second penalty ruined the away side’s chances of a comeback.
Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind.
Napoli have had a rough start to the 2019/20 Serie A season. They have periodically failed to win games in which they have been superior, such as their most recent encounter with Atalanta, contributing to two draws in their last two league games and three in their last four. Defense has been a problem – they ranked eighth in expected goals The amount of goals a team is expected to score based on the quality of the shots they take. conceded coming into their match against Roma, which has hindered what had been the fourth best offense in the league up until that point. Their situation was worsened by the absence of their coach, Carlo Ancelotti, who had been suspended in the prior fixture and was, thus, banned from the technical area.
AS Roma have had a similarly shaky start, but look to have righted the ship in the last few games under the wily hand of Paulo Fonseca. As described . . .