Just only truly commanding performance out of the reduced slate of games over the weekend and it belong to Roma, which needed to quash a lot of doubts surrounding them after a three-game losing streak and did it in the best possible way, by deep-sixing an in-form opponent such as Lecce.
The two most anticipated matches of the last Serie A round, Milan-Napoli and Lazio-Roma, failed to deliver in the terms of scoring, but they were still vibrant and certainly did not lack action. The Derby of the Italian Capital was a little more hard-fought.
The two sides arrived at the game in a completely different mood after the European efforts: Roma trampled Barcelona in an historical upset and gained access to the Champions League semi-finals, while Lazio wasted away a good lead with a five-minutes black-out against Red Bulls Salzburg, squandering a qualification that was within reach. They were tied in third place in the standings, one point above Inter.
Despite being a largely peripheral figure for AS Roma this campaign, acting predominantly as a back up to starting right-back, Alessandro Florenzi, it’s been positive to see Bruno Peres put in two excellent shifts in a row.
A heavily derided figure by many of the Giallorossi faithful since joining last season, the Brazilian’s upturn in form against Barcelona, in Roma’s Champions League quarter-final clash, and against Fiorentina, saw him arguably be his team’s best player in both fixtures. Continue reading →