This victory marked another impressive tactical display from SPAL boss Leonardo Semplici, who has now done the double over the Rome side. The Biancazzurri earned a 2-0 win over what was then Eusebio Di Francesco’s team back in October 2018.
It was a particularly uninspired display from the side from the capital, and saw them fall further behind in the race for the third and fourth Champions League spots.
Despite experimenting with a 4-4-2 in recent weeks, Leonardo Semplici set his team out in their usual 3-5-2. In the first half in particular, Manuel Lazzari and Mohamed Fares got into very advanced positions and operated more as wingers than wing-backs. Strikers Mirko Antenucci and Andrea Petagna played a deeper role, however. Both forwards positioned themselves very close to the midfielders, providing extra numbers in both defensive and attacking situations.
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