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Romelu Lukaku made little impact during Roma’s 2-0 defeat by Slavia Prague in the Europa League, prompting criticism from the Italian press.
The Giallorossi were far too disappointing in their European encounter at the Fortuna Arena, losing 2-0. The result means that Slavia Prague are now ahead of Roma in Group G. Roma have started to rediscover their league form and are now preparing for the Derby della Capitale against rivals Lazio, one of the most important games of their season. One of the players who failed to impress during Roma’s defeat by Slavia Prague was Lukaku. La Gazzetta dello Sport highlighted Lukaku’s problems in the match, writing: “It’s true that he always played with his back to goal, but he has poor mobility and lost more balls than anyone else”. Corriere dello Sport also highlighted the Belgian striker’s isolation on the pitch, commenting: “He did what he could, but he was too stubborn with the ball between his feet”. Il Messaggero spoke of Lukaku’s frustrations on the pitch and his inability to move his team forward, saying: “He spent the first half arguing with his team-mates”.