After Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi left Roma, it was obvious that someone needed to step in to provide the homegrown core the side has featured in the last 25 years. Alessandro Florenzi has been made club captain, but it is with doubt Lorenzo Pellegrini who has taken on the role of being the team’s homegrown star. This season, the Italian international has become the creative fulcrum of the team and provided five assists in seven league games. This tactical analysis scout report will look at Pellegrini’s role in Roma’s tactics and how that allows him to perform to his absolute best.

Tactical analysis: Lorenzo Pellegrini’s importance to Roma

Pellegrini came through the ranks at Roma but really made a name for himself during a two-year spell at Sassuolo. At the Neroverdi, Pellegrini impressed his hometown club enough for them to exercise their buy-back clause and bring the midfielder back in 2017. Since then, the 23-year-old’s importance has grown gradually and now he is key to the club’s fortunes.

Tactically, Pellegrini’s role is quite similar regardless of how head coach Paulo Fonseca sets the team up. He is always playing between the lines of the opponent’s defence and midfield and looks to receive in tight spaces and then progress the ball beyond the last line of defence. Roma are very fluid under Fonseca so Pellegrini’s positioning changes somewhat depending on what the coach has planned for each game.

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