Only three points separate fourth-place Lazio and seventh-place Roma in the Italian Serie A competition for the Champions League football. Jose Mourinho’s Roma, which arrived as a surprise package for the race for UEFA Champions League spots, is one of the clubs that have begun the season impressively. One of the most significant issues for Jose Mourinho has been the poor home form of his Roma side at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma have only ten points from seven home games, which could be better when compared to other top Serie A teams. Roma have won three games, lost three, and drawn one at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A this season. We now look at some stats that show why Roma have performed poorly in home games at the Stadio Olimpico.
Jose Mourinho’s team has scored only 18 goals in 15 matches this season and conceded 14 goals. The above viz shows the team’s percentile rank in attacking, defensive, and possession stats compared to other teams in Serie A. We can see that the I Giallorossi have struggled on the offensive front, particularly in terms of shots per 90 and goals per 90.
Struggles in the attack
The I Giallorossi have scored 18 goals with an average of 1.2 goals per match, which is comparatively less than the other big Serie A clubs this season. The above viz shows the shot map of the team in the current season. Roma have scored only seven goals in the seven games they have played at the Stadio Olimpico in this Italian Serie A season. Roma players have an xG of 1.7 per game. The xG is relatively high because Roma players have taken most of the shots from the dangerous area inside the 18-yard box. This season, the I Giallorossi have already missed 36 big chances in Serie A, with Tammy Abraham leading the way. Jose Mourinho’s men average 12.33 shots per match; meanwhile, at the Stadio Olimpico, they average 13.71 shots per match, which shows that they tend to attack more in the home games. Roma players have won more corners and offensive freekicks at home this season than at away games.
In the seven Serie A matches played at the Stadio Olimpico this season, Roma players have only scored seven goals. Roma players have scored one goal per match at Stadio Olimpico and produced an xG of 1.86 per match. This season, Roma players have converted just 11 assists from an xA of 14.89, indicating an underperformance in the offensive area. At Stadio Olimpico, Roma attackers have a shot conversion percentage of only 6%, which is terrible for a top-tier team.
Tammy Abraham has been unable to find his golden scoring touch in the Serie A this season like the previous season. Tammy Abraham has an 8.6% shot conversion percentage, which is low for any decent centre forward. The Englishman has only scored three goals and supplied one assist in 15 Serie A games this season; last season, he scored 17 goals and contributed four assists. He has also wasted ten huge chances, which is one of the reasons Roma has yet to score enough goals this season. If the I Giallorossi wants to improve their performance, he must find his scoring touchback.
Roma have been a pretty inconsistent side in Serie A this season. The I Giallorossi have been one of the most unpredictable sides in the top five European leagues this season. Roma needs to improve their home form at the Stadio Olimpico if they want to qualify for the Champions League next season. The Roma side needs to start scoring more goals, especially at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma’s defence has done an exceptional job this season; meanwhile, the defenders’ performance increases more in the home games at Stadio Olimpico. Jose Mourinho will hope his players stay at the top of their game, perform consistently after the World Cup, and finish in the top four.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine