Roma vs Lazio (2-0) May 15, 2021 Player Ratings and Stats
Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pedro secured a 2-0 victory in the last Derby della Capitale of the season, which ended Lazio’s weak hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Dzeko didn’t score, but he led the line like all good forwards do and provided the first goal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The 35-year-old absorbed a lot of pressure and allowed attacking midfielders such as Mkhitaryan and Lorenzo Pellegrini to run into the space opened up by Dzeko.
Dzeko’s technique, an often overlooked facet of his game, was vital in giving his team an outlet and control in the game, especially in the second half.
This may be his last derby in Rome, and he comes out with his head held high.
Future Roma boss Jose Mourinho will surely have been impressed with what he saw of the young defender in the derby, and will likely look to build his defense around No.23 next season.
Mkhitaryan, as he has so often been this season, was in the right place at the right time, to put the Giallorossi ahead, as he clung to Dzeko’s assist.
Mkhitaryan has always been an outlet, directing the chains and opening up space for his teammates.
It could, like Dzeko, be his last derby in Rome, with him and Mourinho not getting along during their time at Manchester United together.
The Armenian is a fan favorite in the Italian capital, and his demonstration tonight will only bolster his status with Roma worshipers.