Real Madrid 2-0 Roma : about Sergio Ramos
Two weeks ago, Real Madrid qualified for the quarter finals of Champion’s League, beating Roma 2-0, again. Despite the final score, things weren’t easy for Los Merengues. Until Ronaldo scored the first goal of the game (64th), Roma had the best chances. Real Madrid tried (27 attempts until the 64th), but Roma had the most interesting shooting positions in the opponent’s zone.
They only lacked of one thing to endanger Real Madrid by taking the lead : realism. Dzeko (13th) and Salah (27th, 41st, 49th) missed big chances in front of the goal.
On the first row, Real Madrid had been far less worried by their opponents. When the scoreline was still 0-0, Roma had only had 4 shot’s opportunities in Los Blancos surface and no big chances.
However, this doesn’t mean that Real Madrid better defended on the first row. On that day, they had been carried by a world-class Ramos, cutting the Romans fast counter attacks.
The defender had finished the game with an almost perfect copy: 7/9 successful tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 clearances, 5 counters.
13th minute : Dzeko’s chance
This is the first big chance of the game for Roma. At first, they get the ball back near their own surface and rush to Real Madrid’s side, thanks to Salah’s pace, to end up giving it to Dzeko… who misses. On the first row, they had developed the same sequences, but they were stopped mostly by Sergio Ramos… that failed on the second row !
49th : Salah’s chance
Once again, Roma gets the ball back in their own half. Sergio Ramos that lost the ball on this one (at the start) is now facing Salah again. This time, his tackle works, but he can’t keep the ball… which allows the Egyptian to be alone in front.
In a perfect night for its fans, Roma could have lead 2-0 after the 50th minute and then, on aggregate, it was a draw.
On these actions, Sergio Ramos couldn’t fix the collectives mistakes (he looses the ball on the second action, but we can question Marcelo and James positioning at first). On this game, the stats are not in his favour : 3/6 successful tackles, far from his world class performance on the first row.
On Ramos’ 4 missed tackles in 180 minutes, 3 ended up on goal opportunities for Roma. On the 4th one (42nd, second row), the defender was lucky Casemiro was here to slow down Salah and allow him to come back, so he could tackle the ball and give a throw-in for Roma.
Ramos’ performances over 180 minutes are highlighting the current state of Real Madrid’s team. Offensively and defensively, it relies too heavily on individual quality to be viable on top level. The last sequence with Casemiro also shows the important role that could have the Brazilian midfielder in the next steps of Champion’s League.
Credits to PM for the translation.
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