SS Lazio – AS Roma: A Derby Capitolino Full Of Woodwork Hits Symbolizes The Struggles Of Both Roman Teams (1-1)
In a post and crossbar fest, Lazio stood out as the better team in a match that had little worth of notice, besides the problems that have been tormenting Roma for the last two years. A Kolárov penalty was cancelled out by Luis Alberto’s equalizer, as only an offside call saved Roma from losing to their city rivals.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
AS Roma versus S.S Lazio. The most passionate derby in Italy kicked off for another edition. No other derby in Serie A can bolster the sheer passion of the Romans, and this has manifested itself every season in the “Derby Capitolino”.
Throughout their history, the two sides from the capital have had sporadic spells of success, which gave the derby a different feel, as over time it acquired a trophy-like status, something the fans can boast about with their rival friends until the next encounter. “Lulic 71” is what Lazio fans still refer to when reminiscing the captain’s goal in the 71st minute of the 2012-13 Coppa Italia success over their arch-rivals. In some ways, that sunny afternoon at the Olimpico can still be felt in the streets of Rome.
Whereas fans were filled with a mix of excitement and worrisome, the new Roma manager Paulo Fonseca probably stood on the latter half of the spectrum. While a victory would have signalled a good start to the cycle, however, a loss could have made his journey a steep climb already.
The Portuguese manager fielded the same eleven as in his team’s Serie A opener against Genoa, except for Juan Jesus, who was replaced by Gianluca Mancini. Simone Inzaghi . . .