Three takeaways from AS Roma 2-0 Frosinone: Mourinho gets reprieve, positives for Pellegrini

AS Roma desperately needed a win to ease the pressure on coach Jose Mourinho, and a captain's performance from Lorenzo Pellegrini helped them overcome Frosinone in Matchday 7 of Serie A.

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AS Roma moved on from a shock 4-1 defeat to Genoa last time out by comfortably earning a 2-0 win over Frosinone at the Stadio Olimpico in Matchday 7 of Serie A.

Coming into the match with only a single Serie A victory, the Giallorossi were under pressure to deliver and ensured that they made no mistake in front of their own fans.

A first half Romelu Lukaku goal was followed up by a late Lorenzo Pellegrini strike, condemning Frosinone to just a second defeat of the season.

AS Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini and striker Romelu Lukaku celebrate (@OfficialASRoma)

Pressure eases on Mourinho

Roma‘s start to the Serie A season has been nothing short of disastrous, with the Giallorossi fumbling a favourable early run-in to win just once from their opening six matches, and tensions have mounted in the capital.

Indeed, coach Jose Mourinho has come under increased scrutiny and a fiery press conference ahead of the Frosinone match suggested the Portuguese was far from satisfied with his record being questioned.

Nonetheless, anything other than a win over Frosinone would only ramp up the pressure for Roma and the Lupi duly delivered. A controlled performance against the Serie B champions was just the tonic needed after a woeful start, giving Mourinho and the squad room to breathe in the intense Roman atmosphere.

Lukaku guarantees goals

AS Roma striker Romelu Lukaku scores (@OfficialASRoma)

Aside from a 7-0 annihilation of Empoli, Roma have found goals hard to come by and it was a similar story last season, with Jose Mourinho‘s side overly-dependent on the magic of Paulo Dybala.

The arrival of Lukaku on loan from Chelsea should go someway towards rectifying that, with the Belgium international a proven goal machine and a man with a superb record in Serie A; 60 goals in 102 appearances in the Italian top flight.

Lukaku took his first half goal coolly and has the killer instincts that Roma otherwise lack, and in Dybala he has the perfect foil to supply him with the ammunition. The Giallorossi must keep the former Inter striker fit if they are to salvage this already troublesome season.

Pellegrini rediscovers spark

AS Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini scores (@OfficialASRoma)

Back to full fitness and back in the starting line-up, Pellegrini looked back to his creative best against Frosinone and capped a solid display with a well-taken goal late on.

Ghosting in at the back post, Pellegrini showed composure to guide a deep cross home and wrap up a crucial victory for his hometown club, showing his importance to the Giallorossi.

After an excellent first season under Mourinho in 2021/22, Pellegrini‘s form dropped off last season and his dip in creativity cost the Lupi dearly. If the Italy Men’s National Team midfielder can reach a level of consistency again, Roma can emerge from their dreadful start and surge up the table.

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