Both sides came into this game amid their own issues and concerns. Roma, despite enjoying a relatively steady start, were dealing with an inconvenient injury crisis. Milan, on the other hand, were still stuck in their very own whirlwind with new manager Stefano Pioli already facing immense pressure from the fans, despite only being in charge for a single game before this one.

Before the game, Roma were on a three-match unbeaten run after suffering only a solitary loss to Atalanta in Serie A so far. In stark contrast, Milan were proving to be a team much easier to beat after losing four of their opening eight games. This form had already resulted in Marco Giampaolo losing his job at the San Siro prior to Pioli’s arrival in early October. In desperate need of some momentum and positive results, Milan once again faltered to another loss against a strung-together Roma side.

This tactical analysis will detail how this Roma side doomed Milan to another defeat in this season’s Serie A. Our analysis will evaluate and illustrate the tactics on display in this game and provide a precise summary of how this game played out.


Amidst all the injuries to defensive midfielders like Lorenzo Pellegrini, Amadou Diawara, and Bryan Cristante, the usual centre-back Gianluca Mancini was given the nod to hold down the position going into this match. Alongside this, Fonseca made four other changes to the starting XI that laboured to a 0-0 away at Sampdoria.

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