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Roma Meh - Inter Meh + Great Goal

In lieu of actually recapping yesterday's mini-abortion of a fixture - Was there ever any doubt that's how it was going to turn out? I don't care if they weren't terrible, that game was always a loss going in. - I'd like to recap the last several years in very few words in order to recap yesterday.

I am a summa cum laude graduate of the school of "familiarity and chemistry is nearly, if not as important as talent". Talent, quality and transfer fees mean quite a bit, but so do teamwork and understanding of a system. I feel like Roma had years of proof on this, and in a week when Rodrigo Taddei was at the very least the second best Roman on the pitch (perhaps behind Juan), it's a difficult theory to dispute.

However, I am going to try something here. I haven't looked at these lineups before - promise - but I am going to list the lineups of the good guys from the Roma v Inter Coppa matchups from however many years ago.

I have theories on how this might turn out - you may as well.

04/11

Doni
Cassetti, Burdisso, Juan, Riise
DDR, Pizarro
Taddei, Perrotta, Vucinic
Borriello

05/10

Julio Sergio
Burdisso, Mexes, Juan, Riise
DDR, Pizarro
Taddei, Perrotta, Vucinic
Toni


01/09

Artur
Cicinho, Mexes, Juan, Riise
DDR, Brighi
Taddei, Perrotta, Baptista
Vucinic

* - I haven't the slightest clue what the fucking formation was going in. Football-lineups has 4-2-3-1. Spalletti was the coach. Even during the season of tactical variance, I'm going with the standard.

05/08

Doni
Cassetti, Mexes, Juan, Tonetto
DDR, Pizarro
Giuly, Aquilani, Perrotta
Vucinic

05/07

Doni
Panucci, Ferrari, Mexes, Chivu
DDR, Aquilani
Taddei, Perrotta, Mancini
Totti

You know....

Shit gets figured out over the course of five years. It gets figured out over the course of games, too, when it's been thumped down the league's throats for years anyway. To the point that you wind up with one meaningless shot on target.

I thought we'd established this as the Spalletti Empire was crumbling halfway through his penultimate* season?

(* - Does 09/10 even count? A little?)