Derby win shows Roma players start to get Eusebio Di Francesco's approach
It took a while, but Eusebio Di Francesco's message is getting through to the Roma players. His is a certain version of the 4-3-3 and, when it works as it did Saturday in the derby with Lazio, it's devastating.
Roma pressed high, but they did it scientifically. They snuffed out Lucas Leiva, the deep-lying midfielder, as well as Stefan Radu and Stefan de Vrij, two center-backs who are better on the ball. As such, Lazio built through Bastos, who is a beast defensively but won't be mistaken for Franz Beckenbauer any time soon.
As a result, Bastos found himself with two options: Either boot the ball long for Ciro Immobile -- with the excellent Kostas Manolas and Federico Fazio lying in wait, it usually went right back to Roma -- or try to play, in which case he'd usually lose the ball in his own half, which is never a good thing.
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