The women of AS Roma have been at it for six weeks now, and for the first time in club history (I think....Let’s just say yes), Roma will have two top level clubs playing on the same day. With the women kicking the day off against Orobica and the men following suit against Fiorentina, it’s double your Roma pleasure tomorrow, which will produce absolute elation or utter despair; there’s no middle ground with this outfit, you know that.
We spent the afternoon dealing with Eusebio Di Francesco’s crew, who face a tough tilt against Federico Chiesa and Fiorentina Saturday evening, so we’ll shift our focus to Betty Bavagnoli’s resurgent women’s side, who, after dropping three straight matches to start their season/existence, are suddenly trending upwards.
Roma v. Orobica: November 3rd. 15:00 CET/10:00 EDT. Stadio Tre Fontane, Roma.
After holding off Florentia in 2-1 affair, one that was not nearly as close as the scoreline indicated, Roma dug themselves a bit of a hole earlier this week in their replay against Tavagnacco. After falling behind 2-0, the Giallorosse crawled back into the match with second half goals from Elisa Bartoli and Flaminia Simonetti, rescuing a point from the abyss.
While it would be great if they could be that sharp and that clinical from minute one, Wednesday’s comeback was proof of their spirit and potential. Fortunately for Roma, tomorrow’s fixture is, at least on the surface, just a bit easier.
Though they’re “only” in 11th place, Orobica Bergamo might be the league’s worst side. Through five weeks of play, Orobica have scored ONLY ONE GOAL! Making matters even worse, they’ve conceded 11. Do the math and you have -10 goal differential. Through five games. That’s atrocious. And yet, somehow, they’re not even in last place thanks to Bari, who have run out a -12 goal differential through only four matches.
It’ll be interesting to see the level of parity play out in this league, but right now it seems like a two horse race between Juventus and AC Milan, with Sassuolo and Fiorentina nipping at their heels, while the rest of the league fights for table scraps.
It’s into that dogpile Roma must leap, headlong. With four points in five turns, Roma currently sit ninth out of twelve. which is far from ideal of course, but not a damning start. Watching this team week after week, one thing is patently obvious; they don’t relent. Even in the midst of that three game skid, the attacking intent never waivered—they were direct, they were active and they were dangerous. And, as the past two matches have shown, that intent is starting to bear fruit.
So, while Orobica seems like the perfect foil for a team looking to assert their dominance, Roma will have to approach this match with as much, if not more conviction than their previous five matches combined.