Wojciech Szczesny was excellent for Roma during an important win over Inter Milan away from home on Sunday evening.
His presence was important but the game could have ended prematurely for the Polish international. He was on the receiving end of a nasty-looking knee from Joao Mario midway through the first-half. Thankfully, he was ok and able to continue.
Szczesny’s distribution was largely accurate throughout (something he’s improved massively since his time at Arsenal). He also made good use of open spaces to find teammates going forward, helping to start attacks.
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As for shot-stopping, he was forced into action on a handful of occasions, making smart diving saves to deny Marcelo Brozovic and Antonio Candreva either side of the interval.
— Davide Cellini (@DavideCellini) February 26, 2017
Szczesny was unlucky to be beaten with 10 minutes remaining, as Ivan Perisic [whose agent is trying to get him a move to Arsenal] drilled the ball across the face of goal and Mauro Icardi was on hand to slot home from close-range.
— Stereo Serie A Radio (@StereoSerieA) February 26, 2017
Despite this, Woj’s head didn’t drop and he made an excellent reaction stop to deny Eder in stoppage time as the hosts kept pressing.
Overall, he was a commanding presence in the air, showed good reactions when called upon, kept his concentration and was unfortunate not to be rewarded with another clean sheet for his efforts.