Three takeaways from Roma’s impressive draw against Milan

AS Roma's British forward Tammy Abraham (C) celebrates with teammates at the end of the Italian Serie A football match between AC Milan and AS Roma, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, on January 8, 2023. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho and his Roma side stunned defending league champions Milan yesterday evening with their late comeback at the San Siro.

The Giallorossi scored twice in the final ten minutes and left the host shocked as they were forced to settle for a point. It was the first time Milan dropped points at home in Serie A since mid-September when they lost to Napoli.

It also meant the Stefano Pioli’s were now level on points with Juventus in the league table and 7 points behind leaders Napoli.

As for Roma, the result keeps them firmly in the race for top four and provides them with a morale boost ahead of Thursday’s Coppa Italia clash against Genoa.

Many of the hottest sites of 2022 are still giving Jose Mourinho’s a decent chance to finish in a Champions League place and potentially ending their five-year drought from the competition.

Before analysing what Roma must do in their upcoming fixtures, let’s discuss a few notable takeaways from yesterday’s result in Milano.

The kings of the set piece

The Giallorossi’s effectiveness on set pieces was on full display against the Rossoneri. Once again, the capital club proved they’re one of the most dangerous teams in Europe on dead ball situations, which is how they scored both of their goals against Milan.

For whatever struggles the team may show in open play they undoubtedly make up for when it comes to their ability to make the most of set pieces.

Tammy Abraham back on the scoresheet

It’s no secret that former Chelsea man Tammy Abraham has experienced a “sophomore slump” in his second season in the Italian capital.

The attacker entered yesterday’s match with only 3 goals in Serie A to his name despite tallying 17 last season following his move to the club.

However, he played the role of hero against Milan when he scored in the 93rd minute and secured Roma a valuable point at the death.

Rui Patricio worries

While there was plenty to enjoy from Roma’s comeback, there were also some worrying signs, most notably the performance of Rui Patricio.

The veteran shot-stopper was sensational last season after he joined the club from Wolves and was one of the primary forces that helped the Giallorossi earn their first trophy since 2008.

It’s been a different story this season for the 34 year-old, however. He currently ranks 19th in Serie A for save percentage at 68%—down 6% from last year.

The Portuguese international has clearly experienced a dropoff this term and it’s increasingly likely Roma may have to address the situation after the season in the summer transfer market.

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