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Four Key Figures From Roma’s Draw With Napoli

The margins were razor thin in Roma’s 0-0 draw with Napoli, so some key figures emerged which helped tell the story behind the score line.

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The number of interceptions by Roma in the match. José Mourinho was very complimentary in his post-match comments about his players' execution while shutting down the Napoli counterattack. The high number of interceptions by the Giallorossi speaks to how often they were able to snuff out the Napoli attacks before they got started. The standout in this statistical category was Matías Viña with five interceptions.

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81. 8%

The successful pressure percentage of Gianluca Mancini in the match. Yesterday may have been the best the Mancini and Roger Ibañez duo has played during their brief time as the preferred center back combo, especially when you consider that they had the tall task of trying to contain Victor Osimhen. Throughout the match, Osimhen was visibly frustrated, in particular when dealing with Mancini.

A big reason for this was Mancini’s high success rate when pressuring Osimhen and other Napoli attackers. Mancini was successful 9 of the 11 times he applied pressure for an 81.8% rate, which was exponentially better than the next best rate on the team—Ibanez’s 41.7%.

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The number of times Victor Osimhen was caught offside. I’ve already mentioned just how successful Mancini was at winning the ball back when pressuring Napoli players, but the number of times Roma's defense was able to hold its line and play Lure Osimhen into an offside position was equally impressive. Napoli’s Nigerian striker was caught offside five times, including once on a play that saw the ball go into the back of Rui Patricio’s net. Credit the Roma backline for being in sync and not having a mental gaffe that allowed Osimhen to get in on goal.

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As in the high-danger chances created by Roma. In a zero-zero match that was tightly contested throughout, with few shots on goal, it’s imperative that an attack capitalizes on its chances. Roma held Napoli to no big chances yesterday while creating three of its own. Unfortunately, the Giallorossi were unable to capitalize on any of those chances. Tammy Abraham shot wide of the target after Bryan Cristante played him through to goal, the closest Roma came to scoring. For all the good both team’s defenses did yesterday, if Roma could’ve capitalized on one of the three big chances it created, we’d be talking about a big three points rather than an encouraging draw.