Three takeaways from Torino 1-1 AS Roma: Lukaku looking sharp but away form is holding Giallorossi back

AS Roma's dreadful away record continued after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Torino, but Romelu Lukaku continued to show signs that he is getting back to his best and Bryan Cristante continued to show his importance.

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AS Roma‘s frustrating start to the season continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Torino at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in the final fixture of Serie A Matchday 5.

Romelu Lukaku looked to have given the visitors the win with a low finish midway through the second half, but Torino equalised late on thanks to a brave Duvan Zapata header from close range.

Roma had earlier struck the post through Bryan Cristante and enjoyed the better chances, but the draw leaves them with only a single win from their first five Serie A matches.

Lethal Lukaku

Having spent most of the summer searching for a striker, Roma finally got their man at the end of August when Lukaku joined on loan from Chelsea, and the Belgian has certainly hit the ground running.

The Giallorossi lacked a regular goalscoring threat last season beyond the injury-hit Paulo Dybala, but Lukaku appears to have already eased the burden on the Argentine star with three goals in his first four matches in all competitions.

Meanwhile, the former Inter striker offers Roma a different threat up front, with his combination of pace and power working in tangent with the guile of Dybala. A well-struck goal in Turin, after holding off defender Alessandro Buongiorno and spinning to tuck home, should give Roma fans hope that Lukaku can help the club kickstart a thus far disappointing season.

AS Roma striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates (@ASRomaEN)

Away day blues for Mourinho

Another trip away from the capital, another evening of frustration for Roma. The Giallorossi have struggled without their home comforts for some time now, with just a single away victory in 11 Serie A matches.

Incidentally, that came against Torino in April, but a dreadful record on the road is costing Jose Mourinho‘s side dearly and they must find a way to earn more points on their travels.

Roma‘s counter-attacking approach in away matches is not bearing fruit and an inability to hold onto leads when away from the Stadio Olimpico in Rome is a growing cause for concern.

Cristante’s growing influence

AS Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante holds off a tackle from Torino’s Ricardo Rodriguez (@OfficialASRoma)

Whilst Roma have been far from their best this season, the fault certainly cannot be pinned on midfielder Cristante. Taking up a more advanced role in the centre of the pitch, the Italy Men’s National Team international has been impressive so far and came within the width of the post from netting again.

Taking advantage of the arrival of Leandro Paredes to push further forward as the Argentine holds a deeper position, Cristante’s late runs into the box and burgeoning link up with Lukaku bode well for Roma.

Indeed, the 28-year-old is showing the attacking intent which drew Roma to him in his final season at Atalanta in 2017/18, with nine Serie A goals convincing the Giallorossi to commit to more than €20 million to sign him.

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