After a strong spell in their Champions League campaign, Roma got back to winning ways as they pummeled Sampdoria 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico. The triumph over the Genovese side marked only Roma’s second win in their last five matches. While most of Europe has been in awe of Roma’s performances and positive results in the Champions League, Eusebio Di Francesco’s men have been woeful in Serie A this season and were in desperate search of a win against Marco Giampaolo’s Sampdoria.
The Giallorossi managed to nab all three points thanks to goals from Patrik Schick, Juan Jesus and a double from Stephan El Shaarawy while Gregoire Defrel, who is on loan at Sampdoria from Roma, bagged the only goal for Giampaolo’s side. Here are Roma’s match ratings following their 4-1 victory;
GK Robin Olsen: 7
The Swede was tested early on and did well. Meanwhile, there was nothing he could do on Gregoire Defrel’s goal.
RB Alessandro Florenzi: 5.5
Didn’t provide much in terms of attacking and was at fault on Defrelms goal,
CB Kostas Manolas: 6.5
He had a chance to prevent Samp’s only goal, though, he was strong throughout the day.
CB Juan Jesus: 7.5
The Brazilian was quietly spectacular and didn’t put a foot wrong. Both Gianluca Caprari and Gregoire Defrel were kept in check throughout the match.
LB Aleksandar Kolarov: 6
It was a tale of two halves for the Serbian — he was one of the worst on the pitch in the first half, however, he improved in the second.
MF Bryan Cristante: 7
The former Atalanta man appears to slowly but surely be adapting to his more defensive role in Eusebio Di Francesco’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
MF Steven Nzonzi: 7.5
The General of Roma’s midfield continues to show-off his world class ability as he completely bossed the middle of the pitch.
RW Justin Kluivert: 7
The youngster was brilliant throughout and continues to impress every time he steps on to the pitch. The speed, dynamism and creativity he brings to the pitch is a breathe of fresh air.
AMF Lorenzo Pellegrini: 7.5
Pastore who? Pellegrini continues to dominate as a trequartita as he, once again, was sensational.
LW Stephan El Shaarawy: 7.5 (Man of the Match)
The former Monaco man bagged a brace despite a horrendous first half performance. El Shaarawy showed flashes of brilliance and showed he’s a goal-scoring threat that needs to be recokened with.
ST Patrick Schick: 7
The Czech adds a different dynamic than Edin Dzeko and was able to finally open his goal account for the season.
Manager Eusebio Di Francesco: 6.5
The Italian tactician got most of his decisions correct – a bit puzzling, though, as to why Davide Santon wasn’t introduced on either flank.
Dzeko ST: 6
It was clear he wanted a goal and he nearly succeeded.
Ünder RW: 6
The Turk came on for Kluivert and did well – he was aggressive in his brief cameo and caused Sampdoria fits.
Zaniolo AMF: N/A