A Roma team fully in the running for second place that, under Spalletti’s direction, has rediscovered energy and organisation, so much that they have brought home eleven consecutive wins. The idea of football that the Tuscan coach has managed to convey is not based on numbers or formation, but on the idea of space and movement. Radja Nainggolan particularly benefited from this new approach, a player whose strong point lies in his all-around skills.
If we want to talk numbers, it would be hard to tell if Roma implements a 4-3-3, a 4-4-2 or a 4-2-3-1 because the mobility of the players makes the formation impossible to decipher.
This Roma is sometimes reminiscent of Spalletti’s first Roma squad. In that Roma, the “falso nueve” was Francesco Totti, in this one it is Diego Perotti.
In the first Roma, the player that was best able to interpret football according to Spalletti was Simone Perrotta, in this one it is Radja Nainggolan. Flexible players, skilled at reading the spaces, using the right timing and breaking up the match with decisive plays. Players that run and make sacrifices, but above all, intelligent and all-around players.
In Spalletti’s football it is precisely the characteristics of all-around play and tactical flexibility that are emphasised.