When AS Roma signed Gervinho from Arsenal over the summer, many questioned why new Roma coach Rudi Garcia would bring in a player who was a flop in his two season with Arsenal. It was clear that Garcia knows how to get the best of Gervinho, who, entering Saturday’s game against Inter Milan, already had three goals and was a proving to be a big reason for Roma leading Serie A six games in.
Yet, as Roma easily and handily dominated and defeated Inter 3-0 to continue a historical start to the league season, Gervinho again continued to prove anyone who questioned his signing wrong, as his play was in what was a man of the match performance. Gervinho’s play was a big reason Roma were able to attain it’s largest margin of victory in club history in any win at the San Siro against either Milan club.
The play of Gervinho and the dominance of Roma in attack was on full display in the first half, as the forward line of Gervinho, Alessandro Florenzi, and the club legend himself Francesco Totti reeked havoc on an Inter backline who clearly missed Hugo Campagnaro, who suffered an injury in practice that kept him out. It was Gervinho’s fine through pass in the 18th minute of play, which Totti was able to dribble with and fire into the bottom right corner to give Roma a 1-0 lead. Then, in the 40th minute of play, Gervinho won a penalt0,y as his run into the box led Alvaro Pereira to bring him down, and Totti subsequently scored the 230th Serie A goal of his career to put Roma up 2-0.
Florenzi would add the third and final goal a minute from half to cap off a dominating first half and effectively end the game. In the end, the story of this game was the play of Gervinho, who, while assisting on a goal and being fouled for another, led to a second goal; he did much more than that to merit being lauded. Gervinho, by providing a quality pass after a run at the Inter defense or because of a shot on target, created several other scoring chances, which could have seen Roma win by a scoreline bigger than the final 3-0.
Roma will stay atop the Serie A standings for another week with the win, and also continue on what is the club’s best start to any league campaign, as they have now won seven of their first seven league games. In addition, Roma has scored 20 goals through seven games, and only conceded one goal. A big reason for this historic and impressive start has been the play of Gervinho, who clearly is repaying the faith shone in him by coach Garcia by serving as a critical and integral reason Roma has been so efficient in attack.