The Ladies of AC Milan will tackle AS Roma this Monday, January 20th, at 12:30 p.m. CEST (6:30 a.m. EST / 3:30 a.m. PST). Leaving apart the truth that this can be a fairly horrible time and day for each groups to be enjoying (and guess whose fault that’s?), the sport will probably be essential for each groups as they search a spot within the high two of the Serie A standings and extra importantly, attempt to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League.
Previous to the sport, I had a chat with Bren of Chiesa di Totti for a preview of this match. Right here’s to hoping it’ll reside as much as all of our expectations and be a superb one.
1.) What do you consider Roma’s season thus far?
I’m fairly happy. Beginning off the season with fixtures in opposition to Milan and Fiorentina might have been disastrous, however they fortunately recovered from their three-nil blanking by Milan to defeat Fiorentina and are presently nicely forward of final season’s tempo. The league was at all times going to be a four-way race between Roma, Milan, Fiorentina and Juventus, and, nicely, that’s exactly what’s occurring.
I’ve been most impressed by Roma’s latest signings. Gamers like Andrine Hegerberg, Lindsey Thomas, Andressa and Amalie Thestrup have remodeled Roma right into a extra athletic and dynamic crew; it’s been a pleasure to observe, we simply need to hope the outcomes hold coming.
2.) Do you see Roma ultimately difficult Juventus for dominance in Serie A Femminile?
I truthfully do. They kind of needed to cobble collectively a squad final yr however nonetheless managed to complete fourth, albeit a distant fourth, however over the summer time they made an actual funding within the squad, including depth and high quality and practically each place. They’ve high quality worldwide gamers (Bartoli, Giugliano, Serturini, Hegerberg and so forth), an unlimited cache of U-23 expertise (Greggi, Bonfantini, Corrado, Swaby) and even the coach of the yr.
The items are in place, and the one distinction I can actually see between the 2 golf equipment is that Roma are missing somebody like Cristiana Girelli; a homerun hitting striker who can single-handedly win matches.
Up to now, Roma haven’t come near beating Juventus and I’m afraid the longer issues keep that approach, the extra possible a psychological block will construct up (like on the boys’s facet), but when issues fall in place and Roma can end in second place, qualify for the Champions League and hopefully appeal to extra expertise, then, sure, I believe the league will probably be there for the taking subsequent season.
3.) What are Roma’s strengths and weaknesses, and the way do you assume they may issue within the sport in opposition to Milan?
Nicely, on condition that it was the primary match of the yr, it’s onerous to take classes from their first fixture. Roma has gelled since then and I believe the emergence of Hegerberg, Giugliano, Thomas, and Andressa ought to give them a greater probability on Monday than that they had again in spherical one.
The actual power of this crew is their velocity and agility. Agnese Bonfantini, Annamaria Serturini and Lindsey Thomas will take a look at Milan’s full-backs with their dizzying array of runs, whereas Andressa and Giugliano will supplant that with their passes into the ultimate third.
They don’t have any obvious weaknesses, however they could be a bit sluggish to begin, significantly in opposition to the highest sides, so in the event that they get pegged again early on they might be in hassle.
4.) What do you consider the expansion of ladies’s soccer in Italy thus far, and what extra must be accomplished to assist the motion develop?
Nicely, I used to be hardly an professional on the topic a mere 18 months in the past, so I believe the truth that we’re even sitting right here doing this speaks to the expansion of ladies’s soccer in Italy. From a Roma perspective, it was merely having a crew that pulled me in final yr, however there’s no denying the influence of the 2019 World Cup. Not solely did Italy play nicely, however they had been entertaining and fascinating; it was onerous to not develop into enamored with that crew.
I believe the following step requires severe and legit monetary funding on the membership stage. We’ve mentioned this a number of occasions over the previous few months, however it is going to be unimaginable for Serie A to develop and Italy to compete on the worldwide stage if the ladies aren’t handled and compensated just like the skilled athletes they’re—something in need of that can doom the league and the motion.
Between gamers like Girelli, Giugliano, Barbara Bonansea, Laura Giuliani, Alia Guagni, Valentina Giacinti and Elisa Bartoli, Italy has a number of world-class gamers who might help develop the sport on the peninsula, but when they’re not afforded the working situations/respect/pay they deserve, I’m not assured they’ll proceed to withstand the calls from Spain, France, and England, and all this progress will probably be squandered.
5.) Do you’ve gotten a favourite participant from Milan? Each for the boys and the ladies.
Nicely, I completely love Valentina Giacinti and assume she would nicely and actually put Roma excessive, however I can’t say there are any gamers on the boys’s facet I love. Roma followers the world over detest Alessio Romagnoli and we’re all dreading our seemingly inevitable acquisition of Suso.
I’ll take Giacinti daily of the week.
6.) Annamaria Serturini is totally fantastic now isn’t she?
She is! It’s superb how a lot velocity and energy she packs into such a small package deal. I used to be overjoyed that she made the nationwide crew final summer time; it was a well-earned reward following a spectacular season. She is Roma’s greatest and most constant attacking risk, she will be able to beat you off the dribble simply as simply as she will be able to unleash a 20-yard screamer. I’m afraid we’ve ignored her a bit this season, however she’s a celebrity within the making.
7.) Lastly, what are your predictions for the sport in opposition to Milan?
That is powerful. I clearly need to predict a rousing Roma victory, however given the historical past between the 2 golf equipment, I’m sensing a draw. I simply can’t think about Milan shedding three out of 4 matches.
I’ll say a 2-2 draw, with targets from Andressa, Thomas and a Giacinti brace.