Roma's 2020 woes have been well documented in these (and other) spaces over the past two months, and while it’s hard to narrow down one single cause for their struggles, try this on for size: In 12 matches (all comps) from New Year's Day through the end of February, Roma were held to one goal or less seven times. For a variety of reasons, some tactical and some medical, Roma's well had run dry in the New Year.
So, taken in that light, we should be thrilled with their four-goal binge today, right? Well, yes and no. Unlike last week's 4-0 beatdown of Lecce, Roma's defensive flaws and mental lapses nearly did them in, as they gifted Cagliari two goals thanks to some lax defending.
Just as it took many weeks for Roma to lose their 2019 shine, it's going to take more than a lopsided victory over Lecce and a one-goal aggregate victory over Gent to completely turn things around in 2020; there are a lot of moving parts that need to be aligned to get Fonseca Football® humming again. But in stacking up another four goal effort, one that included quick responses to their lapses, Roma look the part of a club rediscovering itself.
So, in case you missed it, enjoy a 4-3 victory that was equal parts exhilarating and frustrating.