Coaches in criticism, performance at the low point, crisis proclaimed. After the 2-0 win in Bologna, the Roma had their back to the wall on 23 September, especially coach Eusebio di Francesco. Three home games, nine points and twelve goals including a derby victory later everything is back in line. Or is it not?

Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco was already counted when his team lost that game in Bologna 2-0 13 days ago. But he promised improvement – and kept his word: The Giallorossi followed the clear 4:0 against taillight Frosinone with an immensely important 3:1 in the “Derby della Capitale” against Lazio, before a clean 5:0 against Pilsen in the Champions League during the week.

For midfielder Bryan Cristante (23, formerly Atalanta Bergamo), something like what he said to “Roma TV” after the strong performance in the premier league had become apparent: “At the start of the season, after the many changes, we simply needed a few games to get into the rhythm. But now the chemistry is right.”

The only 23-year-old Cristante himself has played a big part in making it happen. Whether in 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3, “I feel comfortable in both systems”. The six-time Italian international also enjoys working with experienced players like world champions Steven N’Zonzi and Javier Pastore in the centre: “The three of us work well together, we understand each other”.

The only question that remains is whether things will continue to be so successful in the future – for example in Empoli on Saturday (8.30 pm, LIVE! at, against SPAL Ferrara a week later, against ZSKA Moscow in the Champions League and above all at the top match in Naples on 28 October. “We have to stick with it, that goes without saying,” Cristante continued. “The question is whether we can manage to continue to play with the same focus and not come to a standstill. Then the Roma train would be difficult to stop.

Dzeko climbs to 10th place

Especially when top striker Edin Dzeko clicks again. The Bosnian, who has had a hard run this season and has only been successful in six Serie A games, has been able to get some frustration off his chest in the premier league during the week – with a three-pack! The 32-year-old thus catapulted himself to 10th place on the eternal Roma goalscoring list (77 goals in 147 competitive games).

Dzeko is preceded by Dino Da Costa (79), Marco Delvecchio (81), Abel Balbo (87), Vincenzo Montella (102), Pedro Manfredini (104), Rodolfo Volk (106, first Serie A top scorer in Roma history), Amedeo Amadei (111), Roberto Pruzzo (138) and, of course, the almost uncatchable legend Francesco Totti with 307 goals. The whole article on


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