How De Rossi’s first 10 games compare among the last 10 Roma managers

Daniele De Rossi has now overseen his first 10 matches as the head coach of Roma and has done enough in that time for many to be considering him a strong candidate to remain in charge next season.

But how does De Rossi’s early record stack up against the others of Roma’s last 10 managers?

Here, Giallorossi Yorkshire compares his number of wins, points per game, goals for and against, biggest wins and losses, clean sheets and top scorer to his nine direct predecessors (many of whom he was a player under).

The best for each category has their number highlighted in bold.

Daniele De Rossi

Wins: 8 Draws: 1 Losses: 1

Points per game: 2.5

Goals for: 26 Goals against: 11

Most goals for in a game: 4 Most goals against in a game: 4

Biggest win: 4-0 Biggest loss: 2-4

Clean sheets: 3

Top scorer: Paulo Dybala (8)

Number of different scorers (excluding own goals): 9

Put simply, it has been a better start than anyone could have imagined for De Rossi back at Roma. The only team to have beaten him in his first 10 games was Inter, the team running away with Serie A. Usually, the football has been free-flowing and the mentality has been exactly what you’d expect, helping the team navigate feisty ties with Feyenoord in the Europa League, for example, and outclassing Brighton in his 10th match. Already, there are reports of Roma wanting to reward their ex-captain with a longer contract as head coach.

Jose Mourinho

Wins: 8 Draws: 0 Losses: 2

Points per game: 2.4

Goals for: 27 Goals against: 10

Most goals for in a game: 5 Most goals against in a game: 3

Biggest win: 5-1 Biggest loss: 2-3

Clean sheets: 4

Top scorer: Lorenzo Pellegrini (6)

Number of different scorers: 11

Mourinho might have had a reputation as a defensive manager, but he actually inspired the highest-scoring start of any of these 10 managers here from their first 10 games. Being involved in the early stages of the Europa Conference League, comprising four of his first six matches, may have helped, but in the early phases, the Special One was inspiring Roma in response to the remarkable reception he got upon his appointment.

Paulo Fonseca

Wins: 4 Draws: 5 Losses: 1

Points per game: 1.7

Goals for: 17 Goals against: 11

Most goals for in a game: 4 Most goals against in a game: 3

Biggest win: 4-0 Biggest loss: 0-2

Clean sheets: 3

Top scorer: Edin Dzeko (5)

Number of different scorers: 8

Somewhat unusually, Fonseca didn’t find himself in a losing position at all in his first five matches with Roma (something no one had done with the club since Fabio Capello). However, half of his first 10 games ended as draws.

Claudio Ranieri

Wins: 5 Draws: 3 Losses: 2

Points per game: 1.8

Goals for: 15 Goals against: 11

Most goals for in a game: 3 Most goals against in a game: 4

Biggest win: 3-0 Biggest loss: 1-4

Clean sheets: 4

Top scorer: Stephan El Shaarawy and Diego Perotti (4 each)

Number of different scorers: 10

Ranieri inherited a Roma side in freefall when returning to become caretaker manager for the end of the 2018-19 season. He began to restore some pride in the side, ensuring they qualified for Europe by the end of his 12-game second spell, going unbeaten in the last nine.

Eusebio Di Francesco

Wins: 6 Draws: 2 Losses: 2

Points per game: 2.0

Goals for: 21 Goals against: 9

Most goals for in a game: 4 Most goals against in a game: 3

Biggest win: 4-0 Biggest loss: 1-3

Clean sheets: 5

Top scorer: Edin Dzeko (10)

Number of different scorers: 6

Di Francesco never really shook off the initial critics of whether or not he was good enough for Roma, but the former Sassuolo boss coped fairly well with the step up at first. Succeeding Luciano Spalletti was a tough ask, but Edin Dzeko carrying his record-breaking form over from the season before certainly helped the ex-Scudetto winning player’s bedding-in period on the touchline.

Luciano Spalletti

Wins: 7 Draws: 1 Losses: 2

Points per game: 2.2

Goals for: 23 Goals against: 9

Most goals for in a game: 5 Most goals against in a game: 2

Biggest win: 5-0 Biggest loss: 0-2

Clean sheets: 2

Top scorer: Mohamed Salah (6)

Number of different scorers: 9

The contrast between the first half of the 2015-16 season and the second was stark. Back for a second spell, Spalletti made Roma exciting again after a dull end to the Rudi Garcia era – even if that was sometimes just for off-pitch drama with Francesco Totti. Buoyed by new signings Stephan El Shaarawy and Diego Perotti, Roma picked up momentum under Spalletti and finished the season in the Champions League spots.

Rudi Garcia

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Points per game: 3.0

Goals for: 24 Goals against: 1

Most goals for in a game: 5 Most goals against in a game: 1

Biggest win: 5-0 Biggest loss: N/A

Clean sheets: 9

Top scorer: Alessandro Florenzi (4)

Number of different scorers: 11

As far as starts to a managerial reign go, will it ever get any better than this? Spalletti may have led Roma to a record points total eventually, but perhaps Garcia’s sensational start as Roma boss was the last time fans could really believe strongly in their Scudetto chances. Juventus ultimately overtook the Giallorossi, but fond memories remain of Garcia’s absolutely dominant entry into Italian football.

Aurelio Andreazzoli

Wins: 6 Draws: 2 Losses: 2

Points per game: 2.0

Goals for: 17 Goals against: 13

Most goals for in a game: 3 Most goals against in a game: 3

Biggest win: 3-1 Biggest loss: 1-3

Clean sheets: 2

Top scorer: Erik Lamela and Francesco Totti (4 each)

Number of different scorers: 9

A long-time member of Roma’s coaching staff who has since embarked on a career managing various lower-level top-flight and upper-level second-tier clubs, Andreazzoli stepped into a caretaker role with Roma at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Zdenek Zeman

(Excluding a game that was assigned as a walkover defeat)

Wins: 4 Draws: 2 Losses: 4

Points per game: 1.4

Goals for: 23 Goals against: 20

Most goals for in a game: 4 Most goals against in a game: 4

Biggest win: 4-1 Biggest loss: 1-4

Clean sheets: 1

Top scorer: Erik Lamela (7)

Number of different scorers: 8

After originally managing Roma in the 1990s, Zeman brought his swashbuckling style back when chosen as the second manager of the club’s new American era. Conceding on average twice a game during his first 10 matches, it became evident that some things never change.

Luis Enrique

Wins: 3 Draws: 3 Losses: 4

Points per game: 1.2

Goals for: 10 Goals against: 10

Most goals for in a game: 3 Most goals against in a game: 2

Biggest win: 3-1 Biggest loss: 1-2

Clean sheets: 3

Top scorer: Dani Osvaldo (4)

Number of different scorers: 7

Ironically, Luis Enrique went on to become a Champions League winner, but his sole season with Roma was challenging. The early stages included Europa League elimination against Slovan Bratislava before even reaching the group stage.

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