After a blistering start to the Serie A campaign in which Jose Mourinho led the side from the capital to 6 wins out of six, the Giallorossi are faltering. Just one win in the last four have seen them drop to fourth but that doesn’t begin to tell the story. After this defeat a painful one to take for Roma after barraging the Milan goal with 24 attempts, sees them 12 points off the top placed Napoli and the Rossonerri. Jose deserves massive credit for turning Roma into an attacking force to show at least that he is moving away from the negative tactics that characterized his time in England. He loves the big center forward upfront (think Drogba, Zlatan) now Abrahams and wingers that play narrow to link up with him. Zannolo and Armenian Mkhitaryan had that job. The Englishman had an unfruitful night leaving El Shaarawy to come from bench and punish his former side in injury time.
It just had to be Zlatan isn’t it. The Swede punishing his former boss with a typical free kick, with power and precision. But what is surprising to me about that goal is that Roma had a man of the floor to cut out any attempt at the grasscutter. So what was his job? Apparently to rest a bit that’s what. Maybe a taller guy would have done the trick who knows. This was sort of against the run of play. As I have alluded to in my previous blogs on Milan they are dangerous on the flanks especially Theo Hernandez. The penalty resulted from such attacks on the counter although Zlatan went down pretty fluidly for such a big guy. Theo does have a defensive Achilles heel no doubt as the red card shows. More clinical finishing needed by Roma in the future with the goals drying up for Tammy. That being said teh defense by Milan deserves credit for holding on for 30 plus minutes with 10 men , Kjaer ever so impressive partnered by another Englishman Tomori with Kessie dropping to help.