Roma’s quality of set-pieces drops in absence of Pellegrini, Smalling and Dybala

Andy Mattioli

Roma have failed to match their impressive conversion rate on set-pieces of previous seasons.

In Mourinho’s first two years at the capital club, the Giallorossi heavily relied on set-pieces which most of the time helped push the Special One’s team over the finish line.

According to Corriere dello Sport, in Mourinho’s first year, Roma scored 17 goals on set-pieces: 11 from corners, 3 from direct free kicks, the same number from indirect ones and 7 from penalties. 41% of league goals that season came from set pieces.

The data of last season was similar: 40% of league goals were scored on set-pieces, with 13 goals out of 50 between free kicks and corner kicks.

This season? Low numbers despite the opportunities and the hard work done in training too. So far, just two goals came from a corner, one from an indirect free kick and a penalty.

The root cause of this could be attributed to the injuries that have affected Roma’s most reliable players when it came to set-pieces such as Lorenzo Pellegrini, Chris Smalling and Paulo Dybala.

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