Daniele De Rossi’s reign as Roma manager started with a perfect two-game winning streak, though their 2-1 victory over rock-bottom Salernitana was far from convincing.
A trip to Salerno seemed like an easy three points for the Giallorossi, but they looked toothless before halftime. Not a single shot on target for Roma, with Lorenzo Pellegrini’s wild free-kick their closest call. Salernitana, on the other hand, kept Rui Patrício busy, with Flavius Daniliuc and Loum Tchaouna testing the Roma keeper. Tempers flared before the break, with Pellegrini and Niccolò Pierozzi picking up yellows for fouls, but that was the most fight Roma showed in the first 45.
De Rossi’s team needed a miracle, and shortly after the restart, they got a controversial one. Cristante’s header hit Giulio Maggiore’s arm in the box, Mancini arguably tugging the midfielder back. Referee Di Bello deemed it a penalty, VAR agreed, and Dybala coolly converted to put Roma undeservedly ahead. Pellegrini doubled their lead midway through the half, tapping in Rick Karsdorp’s cross after their second shot on target all game.
Salernitana deserved at least a consolation, and they got it through Grigoris Kastanos’ unmarked header. Twenty minutes remained for an equalizer, but despite putting Roma under pressure, they couldn’t find the second goal.
The win puts Roma within a point of fourth-place Atalanta, though they’ve played a game more. It’s only their second win in ten away league matches, but it shows De Rossi’s already making an impact. Salernitana, meanwhile, are six points from safety, and their spirited defeat only pushes them closer to relegation with each passing game.
Man of the Match: Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma) – Despite Roma’s underwhelming performance, Pellegrini still showed glimpses of his class, scoring a goal and creating another.