Schick Energy! Patrik Schick Snaps Roma’s Losing streak on Ranieri Return #501

Score: A.S Roma 2 Empoli1FT


Following a devastating week of chaos following elimination from the Champions League the sacking of Eusebio di Francesco the resignation of Monchi and the hiring of Claudia Ranieri. Roma ready to put everything behind them ahead of a much important match. Roma hosted Empoli at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday night in Rome. Roma beat Empoli in the first meeting of the season. With an opportunity here not only to give Claudio Ranieri’s first win since taking over but to sweep the season series with one eye on Champions League football for next season. For Empoli, the match would be about trying to pull off an upset to create some separation between themselves and the relegation Zone the recently promoted side stand only three points from danger. Things got off to a great start as Stephan El Shaarawy scored a screamer in the opening minutes of the game to give Roma the 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, it was followed by an own goal by Juan Jesus just a few minutes later to equalize. Late in the first-half Patrik Schick put Roma back in front with his header finding the back of the net off a set piece making it 2-1 Roma. During the second half, Roma things got a bit difficult as Empoli really tried to apply the pressure. It was a very ugly 2nd half as Roma fell apart a little bit. An undeserving Redcard for birthday boy Alexandro Florenzi added to some second-half drama in which it looked at many points that Empoli we’re going to find a way through. It had looked like they had equalized was just a few minutes to the end but the VAR canceled out the goal as wounded Roma held on for a very crucial three points as they keep the pressure and remain on Inter Milan’s tail for Champions League football after all the chaos that has occurred over last week Roma responded.




In Claudio Ranieri’s return to Rome, he set his team up in the 4-2-3-1 formation. He had very limited options given the fact it felt like half the team was either out with suspension or injury. In goal will be Robin Olsen as always. At left-back would be Davie Santon beside him would be the centre-back partnership of Juan Jesus and Ivan Marcano, then at right-back captaining the side birthday boy Alexandro Florenzi. It would be the defensive Midfield of Bryan Cristante and Steven Nzonzi. In front of them would be Roma’s a three-man Midfield. In the central position would be Nicolo Zaniolo who is a surprising start given the fact he is not 100%. On the left wing would be Stephan El Shaarawy then on the right wing would be youngster Justin Kluivert. Roma’s main Striker tonight would be Patrik Schick someone Ranieri intends to play on a somewhat regular basis. Given the situation, they were very little options off the Bench but Diego Perotti would be available.


Following preparations and predictions for this much-anticipated match, things were just about to get underway at the Stadio Olimpico. In front of the Roma faithful on Monday night Primetime football. The match kicked off as the Claudio Ranieri era starts in Rome. The match started off with an absolute Bang. In the 9th minute coming off a Roma corner that was defended. Stephan El Shaarawy gathered the ball from the outside of the box taking one move before hitting an absolute screamer from deep into the top corner scoring a sensational goal to give Roma the 1-0 lead. It would be El Shaarawy’s 9th goal of the season. It was a very brief lead just three minutes later Empoli equalized on behalf of a Roma mistake. In the 12 minutes while trying to defend a cross Juan Jesus put the ball inside of his own net to equalize making it 1-1. A moment of brilliance leveled by an error in judgment. Roma was dominating the match up to that point should have played smarter and Robin Olsen should have done a better job of making a save on it. Even after conceding the goal Roma did seem to be in control but Empoli had maybe their best chance of the game a few minutes after they equalized. Off a freekick, Manual Pascal saw his deep strike hit off the post. An excellent chance for the visitors it was very unlucky as it was a perfectly hit ball. Roma heavily dominated possession and moved the ball pretty quickly as they try to get into scoring situations the game didn’t really open up all that much at least during the first part of the first half. Eventually, Roma got into the Rhythm right before the half-hour mark. Florenzi connected with Patrik Schick on the corner but his header misfired. Just two minutes later Stephan El Shaarawy set up Nicolo Zaniolo with some pinpoint passing but Roma’s young star had a poor finish from his attempt Inside the Box. It has seemed that Roma was on the verge of breaking through with winning the possessions and creating opportunities. in the 33rd minute, there would be a breakthrough after Justin Kluivert was fouled Roma was given a free kick just outside the box on the right wing. Alexandro Florenzi sent in a near-perfect delivery as Patrik Schick put his head through the cross slotting the ball in it to the bottom corner to give Roma the to 2-1 lead. Excellent execution the free-kick from Patrik Schick showing his new manager he can do the job in the absence of edin Dzeko. Roma had a couple more chances as the first half was coming to a close. Seemingly firmly in control despite conceding the goal. Justin Kluivert came close and Stephan El Shaarawy saw his shot saved from deep as the first half ended with Roma having 2-1 lead thanks to El Shaarawy and Patrik Schick.


Patrik Schick gives Roma the lead at the end of the half followings El Shaarawy’s screamer 


A strong first-half Roma as a proved the ability to bounce back even though they caused the equalizer. Justin Kluivert who had been terrific on the wing all game had an opportunity early in the second half. His strike from outside the box coming very close but misfired by inches. It became a much more intense game in the second half as Empoli increased their intensity. Shortly after Claudio Ranieri made his first change of the evening bringing Diego Perotti for Nicolo Zaniolo. There wasn’t a ton of chances out of the gate in the second half but there certainly was a chance creation from both teams the possession battle leveled itself a little bit in the second half as Empoli were playing with aggression. They did a good job of getting into position as Krunic put his head through a cross but misfired as a Robin Olsen was unchallenged. With about 20 minutes ago on the fast-break Stephan El Shaarawy tried to hit a curler coming very close but just misfiring on the Roma’s best chance of the second half. Had at the Italian Winger put that away the game would have been all but over. Justin Kluivert did a great job of creating that opportunity using his speed and space. Empoli hit back almost immediately as Dell’orco try to level the scores coming very close to a breakthrough but missed the target. What about 10 minutes ago Roma captain and birthday boy Alexandro Florenzi was given a second yellow card and sent off. A very controversial decision as he made very little contact. The RED CARD forced out Justin Kluivert as he was taken out for Rick Karsdorp. The Dutch teenager played a wonderful game really showing his quality I could see him starting several more games under Ranieri after this performance. However, Empoli appeared to be the better team at points in the second half and they nearly stole points at the Stadio Olimpico. As the game was coming to the end with just a few minutes remaining. Dimitri Oberlin found the back of the net to equalize. However, the VAR looked at the play and the goal was eventually removed. After being called for a handball I honestly don’t think it was a handball but he committed a foul on the play so the goal should not have stood anyways Essentially a fair trade-off given the situation. Patrik Schick in the closing moments was replaced by Zan Celar as the Roman teenager made his debut. In stoppage time Ishmael Benicar gave Empoli a late chance of a possible equalizer but Robin Olsen denied him as time expired. Claudio Ranieri wins his first game as Roma manager as Roma secure a massive three points at home at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma’s secures a vital three points in a collective performance 


Claudio Ranieri’s return to Rome ends in three points following the sacking of Eusebio di Francesco. It wasn’t ideal circumstances for his first game as half of the Roma Squad was either out with injury or missed the match due to suspension. Following back-to-back losses, Roma needed to refresh and forget the first half of the season and just perform to last 12 games. He ended up relying on 4-2-3-1 formation opportunities to certain players who did not get the time of day previously. Both Patrik Schick and Justin Kluivert started the match and I thought they did a really well. Patrik Schick ended up scoring the winning goal off of a set-piece and throughout the match looked really strong on the ball and commanded his place proving that he is someone who Roma can rely on in the future he’s expected to be one of Claudia Ranieri guys for the rest of the season. It would be nice to see him get more time on because his potential is sky-high and we saw an example of that this evening. Justin Kluivert another one who did not get very much game time under DiFrancesco but was an absolute Terror in the attack look incredibly strong and difficult to deal with coming forward his speed was a nightmare quite easily one of the standout performers. El Shaarawy kept up his fantastic form scoring absolute screamer to get the game on the right foot. There were a lot of positives especially in the first half we could see some very notable improvements in the team. However, there are still things Roma need to improve on in the first half following the opening goal Roma put it in the back of their own net. They struggled in the second half as Empoli really upped their intensity after being controlled by Roma through the first 45 minutes. It became a battle in that second intensity grew it was a hard battle Roma eventually prevailed in a very tough second half in which Roma probably should have put the game away. Games like this is what makes Champions incredibly tough but they ultimately held on for a very important three points right on the tail of Inter Milan who plays AC Milan in the derby very shortly Roma may have an incredible opportunity in the next few weeks to steal 4th from them but the level of consistency and strong performances need to continue beyond this game. It was a very impressive and strong performance from Roma but they’re going to need to get a lot more to take that the Champions League spot. the man-of-the-match tonight goes to Patrik Schick he performed really well commanding his position as a striker look dangerous in many situations and did a superb job with his goal he is a player I believe Ranieri will rely on as he plans to play in and Dzeko together under this new system I believe it can work and tonight just a new refreshing display of his quality. One more game until the International break and Roma need to make sure to pick up points against SPAL. This was a game of positivity something that has been uncommon for Roma in season.



MAN OF THE MATCH: Patrik Schick 


By the numbers
A.S Roma
Possession 54%
Shots 10
On target 3
Passes 529
Pass success 84%
Possession 46%
Shots 5
On target 1
Passes 439
Pass success 82%
Top of the table
1.Juventus 24-3-0 75pts
2.Napoli 17-6-4 57pts
3.Milan 14-9-4 51pts
4.Inter Milan 15-5-7 50pts
5.Roma 13-8-6 47pt

Bottom of the table
16.SPAL 5-8-14 23pts
17.Empoli 5-7-15 22pts
19.Bologna 4-9-14 21pts
19.Frosinone 3-8-16 17pts
20.Cheivo 1-10-16 10pts



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