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      03.01.2014 10:36 - in: Serie A S

      The Giallorossi's routes to goal

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      There are three main ways that Roma strike opposing defences

      Rudi Garcia has certainly engineered a big turnaround at Roma after last season. This is evident not only in the standings, but also in the way they score their goals. In 2012/13 the team mainly relied on getting in behind the back line, Destro latching onto many a through ball and Lamela always looking to send the final ball forward. Under the
      Frenchman, Roma have so far shown three principle ways to cause problems for opposing defences.

      There have been five goals from outside the box, all by different goal scorers: De Rossi at Livorno with a powerful blast; Pjanic with a delicate lob in the 3-0 home win over Verona; Ljajic in the same game; Totti with a low diagonal shot from the edge of the arch at the San Siro against Inter; and finally, Bradley with the match winner in Udine.

      The Giallorossi have netted the same number from the penalty spot, converted by four different takers: Strootman, Ljajic, Totti and Pjanic.

      But where Roma have truly excelled this term is in dead-ball situations. Five goals have come from corner kicks: two from Benatia and one each from Balzaretti, Strootman and Destro. And of these five, only one has been a header (the last from Benatia in the 4-0 victory over Catania), while the others were banged in following the resulting goalmouth
      scrambles. The Giallorossi have also been dangerous on free kicks: Benatia is once again among the scorers in this category, and in particular Florenzi with his two goals (against Livorno and Bologna).

      Finally, beware of Garcia's side on the counter-attack. Gervinho, against Sampdoria in Genoa, and Florenzi, against Inter at the San Siro, both got their names down on the score sheet by exploiting their team’s ability to break forward at pace.
       

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