The players are judged on four factors on determining whether they are the perfect example of ‘The Engine’ namely work rate, pitch coverage, on and off the ball movement respectively. Following our look at Javi Martinez, Goal now turns the spotlight on De Rossi, to find out how the Giallorossi’s midfielder rates on these scales.
Along with Francesco Totti, Daniele de Rossi forms the heart and soul of this current Roma squad as he was one of the few bright sparks in a season that culminated in a disappointing sixth place finish in the league, whilst the midfielder also played a crucial role in his side’s run to the Coppa Italia Final.
|De Rossi has been the heartbeat of the Giallorossi|
De Rossi made a total of 29 appearances for Roma this term, with 25 of these coming in the league. During this time he spent 1866 minutes on the pitch. He was a regular starter for the Stadio Olimpico outfit, illustrating why he is considered by many as the heartbeat of the team.
De Rossi is widely acclaimed as a complete midfielder who contributes both in offense and defence. He is particularly noted for his box-to-box runs and for his ability to destroy opposition forays so also to set his side on the front foot in attack.
On the ball
Whether off the ball or on it, the Romans’ long-serving midfielder is equally influential in shaping their fortunes. Last season he had three assists to his credit in the league, attempting an average of 52.8 passes per game with a commendable success rate of 84%.
The versatile Italian nicknamed 'Captain Futuro' (future captain) has played in a variety of roles in central midfield. He has also combined well with Michael Bradley and Panagiotis Tachtsidis, the other leading lights of Roma’s midfield.
De Rossi has been a Roma man through and through, having spent over a decade in Italy’s capital. He has been a cornerstone of successive sides over the years and with stats like these, it is no surprise that he is a wanted man once again this summer.
Off the ball
|De Rossi: Rightly regarded as the 'complete' midfielder
Apart from contributing in attack, De Rossi isn’t shy of putting in a shift at the back either and has put an end to countless opposition attacks often acting as the screen in front of the back four. He has made an average of 1.6 tackles to go with 2.2 interceptions per game. Additionally, he has committed 0.9 fouls and also made 2.1 clearances on average per game, thus proving a crucial and effective first line of defence for the capital club.
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