A.S Roma Preview ’13 /’14: Attack


By: John (@ASRomaChannel)

Names: Francesco Totti, Erik Lamela, Mattia Destro, Gervinho, Marco Borriello, Gianluca Caprari, Junior Tallo

Expected Starters (4-3-3): Erik Lamela, Francesco Totti, Gervinho

2012 – 2013 Statistics (Goals, All Competitions):
Erik Lamela – 15
Francesco Totti – 12
Marco Borriello (Genoa) – 12
Mattia Destro – 11
Gervinho (Arsenal) – 7
Junior Tallo (Bari) – 3
Gianluca Caprari (Pescara) – 2

Roma are set to open the 2013 – 2014 with one of the strongest attacks in Serie A. Lead by talisman and captain Francesco Totti, Roma’s attackers will look to add to the success they had in the previous season. The arrival of attacking guru Zdenek Zeman allowed players such as Pablo Osvaldo and Erik Lamela to have successful goalscoring seasons. The Argentine players had their strongest seasons in the Giallorossi colors thanks to Il Boemo. As the season progressed their scorint rate, understandably so, dropped off due to the sacking of the Zeman. Thereafter, Aurelio Andreazzoli was chosen as Roma’s caretaker. His arrival saw Lamela playing further away from goal and Osvaldo on the bench, creating some chaos in Roma’s attack.

This summer, Rudi Garcia was named the new manager of Roma. It was expected that he would bring his organized, balanced, and attacking brand of football with him. From what we’ve seen thus far in the summer friendlies, Roma should have no problem scoring; with 8 goals in the 3 U.S summer friendlies, the attack seems hardly to be the concern. With the 4-3-3 expected to the the formation of choice, Totti and Lamela were predicted to lineup as the wingers in Garcia’s formation with Osvaldo penciled in as the prima punta. But with the recent sale of the Roma striker, Totti may switch to the center of the pitch as the lone striker with Gervinho perhaps making his way into the starting XI. Gervinho’s past success with Garcia has increased the hopes of tifosi that he will return to the successful form he had in France and rid himself of the poor performances he displayed in Lodon. Italian wonderboy Mattia Destro is expected to be the first name called upon from the bench as he returns from injury. The futures of Junior Tallo, Gianluca Carpari, and Marco Borriello remain unresolved. Tallo and Caprari are not expected to receive much playing time, so a loan to a smaller Serie A or Serie B club could be in order. Marco Borriello, who recently denied a report that he has asked the club to leave, will be hard to sell due to his €5.4m salary, which is much too high for nearly all Serie A clubs.

It is hard to predict who will finish as the club’s top scorer, but it is not outrageous to think that Roma could again have three players score 10+ goals in Serie A. The trio of Totti, Lamela, and Destro will likely be the top goal scorers for the club; but with Francesco Totti creeping closer to Silvio Piola’s all-time goal scoring record, it would not be out of the ordinary to see Il Capitano score near 15 goals.

One thing, however, is certain: Roma have a very potent attack, but as we saw last season, it does not matter how many goals Roma score if they continue to concede them at a high rate.