Roma are struggling to live up to the high expectations produced in Mourinho’s first tenure when the Giallorossi wonEuropa League Open Edition.
Lazio, meanwhile, are improving as Sarri’s team finesse their complex passing schemes.
The difference was evident in Sunday’s Rome derby as Lazio beat Mourinho’s Roma 1-0 to overtake their city rivals and move into third place in Serie A.
Amidst an electrifying atmosphere at the Stadio Olimpico, Lazio quickly took control and went on the court following a defensive error by Roma.
Lazio winger Pedro stole the ball from Roma defender Roger Ibanez as the Giallorossi tried to play back and then set up Filipe Anderson only to beat the goalkeeper.
Anderson, playing in the “false nine” position with Cerro Immobile injured, quickly put the ball into the net.
It was the fourth time a defensive error from Roma has led to a goal this season – the most in Serie A.
Roma equalized almost a minute later with Niccolò Zaniolo’s shot hitting the crossbar. But Roma have again proved ineffective in finding the target – such as when the Giallorossi failed to create a shot on target in a 1-0 home defeat to Italian league leaders Napoli two weeks ago.
In previous seasons, Lazio always struggled when Immobile was missing. But Seri’s motivation to move into Anderson’s false nine position is reminiscent of the same successful move he made with Dries Mertens at Napoli years ago.
Unlike a traditional centre-back who relies on crosses, Anderson is a nimble mover who can disrupt opposition defenses – as he did two weeks ago in Lazio’s 2-0 win at top-four contenders Atalanta. had won
Roma are still without dynamic forward Paulo Dybala, the former Juventus player, who is injured, and centre-forward Timmy Ibrahim has been off the mark all season after scoring 23 goals in all competitions last term.
Lazio, who are missing key midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic through suspension, have now kept clean sheets in six of their last seven matches and have one of the most prolific attacks in the league.
Roma finished second in their Europa League group, three points behind Real Betis, meaning they will face a play-off in February to stay in contention for the Champions League. out of Lazio also struggled in Europe and were relegated to the Conference League.
Juventus host Inter Milan in an Italian derby later on Sunday.
Fiorentina won again
Fiorentina won 2-0 at Sampdoria for their fourth straight win between Serie A and the Conference League. Giacomo Bonaventura and Nikola Milinkovic scored for Viola.
Bologna beat Torino 2-1 in the middle match and Silvio Berlusconi’s Monza last-placed Hellas beat Verona 2-0.
Monza was boosted by presencePablo MarieThe Spanish defender who was shot in the back in a knife attack in a shop nine days ago. Can’t play for a few monthsMarie greeted the crowd and teammatesBefore the start.