A house is not a home


Following Rosella's written outburst in which she ordered the team to be presented at Trigoria and kept there for at least a week - and in so doing went against the expressed wishes of Spalletti, whom she still claims to have trust for - Roma's incarceration at the training ground started this morning at 10 am. Totti and DDR were the first ones to arrive, one hour ahead of schedule. Make of it what you will.


Romanews describes the first day:
Roma's ritiro begun with Spalletti and the team standing in a circle. The club was represented by Pradè and Conti, its representatives closest to the group. It was a serene and informal reunion, marked by a pleasant tone. In other words, not a face to face. It was a reunion in which the players showed their disappointment over the forced reclusion, decidedly unappreciated. In the coming days a meeting with the president is a possibility.

The article also reports on the condition of some of the injured players; Vucinic was back to running, albeit slowly, but showed real improvement on his condition compared to just one week ago; Mènez has begun running as well. Doni will fly to Holland on Tuesday or Wednesday for a medical examination, that will hopefully determine whether surgery on his knee is needed or not.


An interesting look at the point average of the different tactical systems Roma has used under the season, from the message board popologiallorosso.com (more specifically poster Lando74). The brief version is that during Roma's 44 games (33 league games, 8 Champions League games, 2 Coppa Italia games and 1 Supercoppa), Roma has played with three formations:

A) 4-2-3-1 was used in 21 games; 6 wins, 5 draws, 10 defeats.
Average points per game: 1,09.
Average allowed goals per game: 2,19
Red cards: 10

B) 4-3-1-2 was used in 22 games; 16 wins, 2 draws, 4 defeats.
Average points per game: 2,27.
Average allowed goals per game: 0,86
Red cards: 1


C) 3-4-1-2 was only used once; a 2-2 draw away to Sampdoria, featuring one red card.

Having compiled these statistics, Lando74 brings up a simple, but excellent question: given the tremendous success option B) brought, compared to A), why was it abandonded for something so drastically inferior?


Via Il Sole 24 Ore we learn today that Rosella Sensi collects a monthly wage of around €100,000 for her role as president.