There were many games this weekend that could have been discussed, like Atalanta defeating a very good Napoli team, Real Madrid coming from behind to beat the Yellow Submarine, Barca playing ugly to gain three points over Athletico, or even PSG destroying their rivals Marseille. But this game between two bitter rivals stood out to me, because what it showed of both teams and what this will do in the long run for both. Roma are the only team left with a chance of catching Juventus, with only 7 points separating both teams, so it is very important for Roma to win these games. Inter started this season very poor under De Boer but are now beginning to look much better under Pioli.
Even though the scoreline doesn’t show it, this game was very close. Both teams created roughly the same amount of chances, but the big difference was finishing. Even though Roma’s finishing can be questioned, with Salah and Dzeko missing simple chances, they still were able to score more chances and their opponents, who are so reliant on Icardi for all their goals, struggled because Icardi did. Roma didn’t make it hard for Inter to create chances, they made it hard for Icardi to make the most of the opportunities he was given. Fazio and Manolas in particular stood out, they made sure that Icardi barely got a sniff in that first half, constantly having an eye on him every time he moved. But the fact that Icardi did score eventually does show how good of a forward he is. But there should only be one man that should be discussed, and that is the big Belgian Nainggolan. The midfielder had a brilliant game against Roma, bagging two goals, and might I add, two fabulous goals. The freedom he was given just shows the amount of ways Roma can play, either using their pacy wingers in Salah and El Sharawaay, given Nainggolan a free role to cause havoc, or use Dzeko as a target man. It’s just amazing to see a team like Roma with so many options going forward. Roma need to win every game they can, including Juventus, and prey one of the other top teams can cause an upset against the Old lady. Inter on the other hand do not have much else to play for this season. They have to use this season to build, to build on what they already have and improve in areas where they are lacking, mainly in midfield and defence. Gary Medel is not a defender, and should not be played there.