Paulo Fonseca – AS Roma – Tactical Analysis

AS Roma are still far from the side they were many years ago, but they have enjoyed two of their better seasons over the last decade since Paulo Fonseca arrived at the club. The Portuguese manager came to Roma with a respectable reputation, having led Shakhar Donetsk to three league titles and a 74% win rate in his three seasons at the club. During his first season in charge at I Giallorossi, Fonseca led AS Roma to a fifth place finish in Serie A - securing Europa League football for the team. Roma have since performed well in the competition this season, with a semi-final against tournament favourites Manchester United to play for in the next few weeks. Their performances in the Europa League have outshone their relatively sub-par season in Serie A, with the side currently in seventh place. Nonetheless, if Fonseca's team were to pull out a miracle and make the Europa League final, this season would be seen as a complete success. With that, here is a tactical analysis of Paulo Fonseca's AS Roma this season.

The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Best Goal

Hundreds of thousands of fantastic football goals have been scored in 2017. But out of all the brilliant goals we've been blessed with, these are the best of the bunch. These are your nominees for Best Goal as part of the 2017 Mastermind Awards. Olivier Giroud The 2017 FIFA Puskas Award winner, Olivier Giroud's back-heel goal was … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Best Goal

English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 3

Every single week The Mastermind will be bringing you an exclusive EPL Team of the Week, starring the best eleven players of the round. The criteria for making the XI will include a players’ impact on their team’s performance and result compared to other players around the league. This is the Team of the Week … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 3

English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 2

Every single week The Mastermind will be bringing you an exclusive EPL Team of the Week, starring the best eleven players of the round. The criteria for making the XI will include a players’ impact on their team’s performance and result compared to other players around the league. This is the Team of the Week … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 2

Back to Back 4-0 Wins For Manchester United. What Has Changed?

Manchester United have started off this season flying on all cylinders and every single player seems to be clicking as they have now marched to back to back 4-0 wins to start this season. The first of these impressive wins came at the expense of Slavan Bilic's West Ham United. Bilic's new-look side included experienced … Continue reading Back to Back 4-0 Wins For Manchester United. What Has Changed?

English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 1

Every single week The Mastermind will be bringing you an exclusive EPL Team of the Week, starring the best eleven players of the round. The criteria for making the XI will include a players' impact on their team's performance and result compared to other players around the league. This is the Team of the Week … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 1

2017-18 Premier League Guide: Manchester United

The Mastermind brings you an exclusive guide to every single Premier League team going into the highly anticipated 2017-18 season. From lineups, to transfers to the wackiest of predictions, The Mastermind has you covered. Here is your guide to one of this season’s top title contenders, Jose Mourinho's new-look Manchester United. Manchester United INTRODUCTION After … Continue reading 2017-18 Premier League Guide: Manchester United

OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (60-41)

Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 60-41 60. Sadio Mane This season, Sadio Mane not only established himself as one of the world's best wingers, but also became Liverpool's key man in attack. Loaded with pace and power, Mane has been Liverpool’s star and standout player this season and when he wasn't in the team, Klopp’s system … Continue reading OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (60-41)

English Premier League Team of the Month February 2017

February was a bit of an odd month in the Premier League. Not only did some of the league's prime relegation battlers like Swansea and Hull find themselves towards the top the form table but there was also a great disparity in matches played for teams across the league. Most teams played 3 matches this … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Month February 2017

English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 24

What a weekend of action it was in the Premier League. Two of the league's largest strugglers picked up massive wins, Hull City against Liverpool and Sunderland against Crystal Palace, while Chelsea extended their magnificent lead at the top of the table. Some of this weekend's standout players included Gabriel Jesus who stole the show … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 24