A 1-1 finish between Fiorentina and Napoli was enough to make me happy on this Leap Day of 29 February. It was a pretty scrappy game with passing inferior to the Europa League (no offense Europa League). For two of Italy’s heavyweights, I really expected a better quality match. But anyways, what I’m writing about today, is what we should be grateful for…
Roma is back in third place. It’s a fantastic feeling. Just how did we get here, after a year of downward slope, and only a redemption in May 2015’s Derby Day? You know how; il paletto, Lucio, Luciano Spalletti! Now I’m not saying Lucio is the best coach in the world, or that he will never be fired in the future for when the locker room decides they want their rest days back. But since his first stint in 2005 with Roma, Lucio has shown exponential growth as a coach.
In fact, back in 2005, it was his versatility that brought out the best of Totti and the best of Roma in his hybrid 4-2-3-1 formation. Since his hiring in 2016, his tactical ability and diversity has truly been unparalleled on Roma’s bench in consideration of semi-recent memory. Between the 3-5-2, the 4-3-3, the 4-2-3-1, and all the interchanges in between those roles, Spalletti is exactly what the doctor ordered, and credit must be given for not only the faith in Rudi Garcia, which shows confidence in a project, but also the ability to wait until, understand the quality that Lucio brought with him. Am I giving too much credit to Sabatini and co.? I don’t think so, his appointment was seemingly a wise, long-thought out decision, with the focus on a coach for the long-term, in this American project that is slowly but surely heading up the ladder of world clubs.
And no, I’m not saying Roma is going to win the Scudetto, or even that they will win on Friday against Fiorentina. But if nothing else, Roma’s train is back on track, with Lucio as the conductor.