With only six matches in the books, it's still a bit early to draw any conclusions about this latest version of Associazione Sportiva Roma. We've seen bouts of explosive attacking football and droughts of near epic proportions almost in equal measure through the first month and a half of the new Serie A season. There does seem to be, however, one small micro-trend bubbling underneath the surface: Roma tend to struggle early in matches. Whether it's surrendering goals to Zlatan or ceding control to Fiorentina, the opening five to ten minutes haven't been terribly kind to Roma this season.
But the biggest difference from years past, and perhaps the greatest cause for optimism, has been the manner in which Roma have managed to overcome those early struggles to finish off matches. Case in point: today's victory over Fiorentina.
With Gaetano Castrovilli and Fiorentina pinning Roma back on their heels in the opening minutes of today's fixture, Roma kept their cool and simply waited for a chance to strike rather than forcing the issue. And as luck would have it, they didn't have to wait long as Leonardo Spinazzola took advantage of a loose(ish) ball off an Antonio Mirante goal kick to score what proved to be the match winner in only the 12 minute.
And with Castrovilli subbed off for foul trouble in the second half, Roma pretty much ran the show, dominating their visitors in what could have easily been a 4-0 rout; only the heroics of Bart Dragowski kept the scoreline respectable.
See for yourself!