One third of the championship walk, we find ourselves in a dark room from which a photo comes out, it tastes like mockery: Sarri and Pedro, in different ways downloaded from Rome, which with the Lazio they place the overtaking and go out to see the stars again, smiling with the air of implying who knows what, while the gloomy Mourinho he macerates himself in his personal hell, desperate to get out of it. But it is only a snapshot, a meme, with Lazio on the rise and Rome slipping. The difference is only two points, just those of the derby, and in the second half Lazio will face Juve and Naples, Rome instead Genoa and Turin. The ranking can be misleading in November.
Then it is a championship of calm and chalk, to be lived in the long term. Never seen a series A so thin of champions. Certain values are more homogeneous than you think, as suggested by the confused spectacle of the Milanese derby, with many reversals, jolts, tremors and slips: starting with the strange anarchy of Inter, where they still don’t know very well who the official penalty taker is, absurd. In Rome, now, the mood is that Lazio are further ahead and already launched, Rome bogged down in an inexorable way with the coach in confusion. always of Sarri and Mourinho we talk about right or wrong choices in hiring them, so much in today’s football we only talk about coaches (because the players are less good). And in Rome we have two capital ones, bigger than the teams they lead. But perhaps one of the two, more than the other, has made an error of assessment.
They both had a hard time with the squad, which they expected more from. Sarri has begun, and has not had Zaccagni, the blow of the market. After Verona, still bent over his notes-blanket of Linus and the glasses on the tip of his nose, he went to meet the team, as a nerd and sensitive as he is. Given the problems of adapting to his ideas, he lowered the center of gravity (for now), he relaunched Cataldi. The real shock comes from Luis Alberto, psychologically and technically the barometer of the group: if he is happy, the others relax and make themselves better. More involved in the game, he responds with the running sacrifice: this is how he can play with Milinkovic. Things are taking shape, the big challenges after the break will tell us more about the progress. Mourinho, on the other hand, after a sprint start, is less and less at ease in the role of the great ace surrounded by boys and apprentices (even at the top of the club), and he blurts out: it will be a year of blood, sweat and tears. Many defeats at the start had happened to him only in the dark years at Chelsea or Manchester. Here there was also the Norwegian defeat. Absolutely he had no favorable winds, on the contrary: too many failed goals and too many adversities arbitrage, but also a lot of goals conceded, and that is always a bad sign. Sarri seems to have established a good internal climate, José does not: if Mourinho does not buy the players he expects, it is hard to go forward in harmony. And he, by now, requires reinforcements. Nice problem. In August it was not resolved. Will it be able to be suddenly in a short time?
That Roma is not this disaster, certifies the first place in the shots and in the goalposts hit, the fourth in the accuracy of the passes, Pellegrini first for shots and key-passes. Roma are among the best defenses for shots granted to their opponents (9.3 per game), but despite having the same performance as Napoli (9.5) they almost quadruple their goals (15 against 4). Lazio have a much greater effectiveness: they shoot 11 times per game compared to Roma’s 18, but have scored 4 more goals (25-21). Also because it has Immobile.
REFEREES AND PALACE
Roma is the team most targeted by the referees: given grotesque episodes. He is among the most booked in Serie A: 34 yellow and 2 reds (Napoli 21 + 2, Milan 23 + 1). The feeling-certainty is that the figure of Mourinho is crucial: never forget how he left 11 years ago, after two seasons as an overqualified and fined, and history is already repeating itself. But Sarri also had his own, with Chiffi in Milan to say, and he too has argued, scolded, on the calendars. There seems to be no patience in the Palace for both of them: as soon as they raise their heads, zac.
The relationship between Sarri and Lotito borders on great affection, if we are already moving towards the extension of the contract. These two bristly men, almost the same age, different but with a certain genuineness in common, met and immediately liked each other, seeing the other working. Not male as a story. Mourinho and Friedkin also proceed side by side, according to José, even if it would be really interesting to know on what basis the two agreed at the time, on what common path, on what real projects. We will understand something more from the January market. For now, we only know that José is not very happy with the direction things are taking.