Football Manager 2018: Roma guide, player ratings & tactics

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Roma have been giants of the Italian game as long as we can remember, but silverware has avoided the club in recent seasons. They have not won the Serie A title since 2001 and have only lifted the Coppa Italia twice since. Considering the club has had the likes of Francesco Totti, Cafu and Miralem Pjanic since the turn of the century, that is simply not good enough. Is it now up to you to correct this on Football Manager 2018, and lead Roma to consistent glory at the Stadio Olimpico.


Roma director Mauro Baldissoni will welcome you to the club and present you with their philosophies. These are negotiable, but the default is to sign young players and develop players using the club’s youth system.



Director of Football Monchi will then issue the expectations for the season. The higher the target, the more you will receive in your transfer budget. You should stick with qualifying for the European Champions Cup and reaching the first knockout stage of the Champions Cup. The Italian Cup is marked as not important.  



Transfer: £13.37 million

Wage: £1.70m per week (Current spend: £1.57m)


Due to their pace out wide, Roma like to use a 4-3-3 based system, and we’ve gone for the 4-1-2-3 DM Wide setup.


Alisson is in goal, with Bruno Peres, Kostas Manolas, Federico Fazio and Aleksandar Kolarov in the back four.

Daniele De Rossi is the holding midfielder, and he is joined by Radja Nainggolan and Kevin Strootman in the engine room.

The versatile Alessandro Florenzi and Diego Perotti provide the width, with Edin Dzeko the marksman up front.

On the bench, go for Lukasz Skorupski, Hector Moreno, Juan Jesus, Maxime Gonalons, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Stephan El Shaarawy and Patrik Schick. 

Key players

They may no longer have club legend Francesco Totti and fellow veteran Daniele De Rossi is waning, but there are still some top players at Roma.

Radja Nainggolan – CA 4 star (170), PA 4 star (170)

Powerhouse, engine, enforcer. There are so many ways to describe Radja Nainggolan, and he will be the first name on the team sheet at Roma. The Belgian midfielder can do everything - tackle, pass, score from range - and his strength will not be rivalled by many.

The 29-year-old Nainggolan has reached his potential of 170 on FM, and his best stats include 19 bravery, 18 balance and 18 work rate.


Edin Dzeko – CA 4 star (158), PA 4 star (166)

An all-round forward, Edin Dzeko can head, hold up the ball and get in behind the defence. 39 goals for Roma last shown how prolific the Bosnian is, but he would love nothing more than to lift some silverware in Italy.

Now 31, Dzeko’s 158 current ability rating has fallen off from his 166 potential, but he still offers 18 finishing, 17 strength and 17 heading.


Kevin Strootman – CA 3.5 star (157), PA 3.5 star (164)

Perhaps an underrated player, Kevin Strootman provides the tempo at Roma. The Dutchman has been in Rome for close to five years now, but almost two seasons were lost to injury which stalled the 27-year-old’s career.

Strootman has a 157 CA which can still rise to a 164 potential, so his 18 composure, 18 work rate and 17 balance could yet improve.


Young talent

Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi are the most famous and successful players to come out of the Roma academy, but who can follow in their footsteps?

Luca Pellegrini – CA 2 star (98), PA 3.5-4.5 star (140-170)

Yet to make his bow for the first team, but Luca Pellegrini has been working his way up through the Italy youth teams. The left back has played from U16 to U19 level, and if he continues to develop, it is surely only a matter of time before he enters the senior team picture at the Stadio Olimpico.

Pellegrini, 18, has a respectable 98 CA, which can rise to a superb potential between 140 and 170.


Keres Masangu – CA 1.5 star (96), PA 3.5-4.5 star (130-160)

Another youth international, Keres Masangu is a regular for Belgium U18s. The defensive midfielder or centre back only joined Roma last summer, so keep an eye out for his name in the coming years. 

The 17-year-old Masangu offers a 96 current ability rating, rising to a potential between 130 and 160. 


Mirko Antonucci – CA 1.5 star (91), PA 2.5-3.5 star (130-160)

A regular for Roma’s youth sides, expect winger Mirko Antonucci to be given a first team opportunity in the near future. The 18-year-old won the youth championship in 2016, and followed that with a youth cup win in 2017, so he already knows what it takes to win silverware.

Antonucci’s 91 CA will increase to a potential between 130 and 160.


Team Report

Strengths Weaknesses


Team leaders - Daniele De Rossi (C), Alessandro Florenzi, Radja Nainggolan


Highly influential - Kevin Strootman, Edin Dzeko, Kostas Manolas, Luca Pellegrini

Dynamics is the main new feature for Football Manager 2018, and it shows the atmosphere inside the dressing room at the club. Be sure to choose your words carefully with the more influential members of the squad as upsetting them can have horrendous consequences. An unhappy team leads to poor performances on the pitch. 

Transfer targets

£13 million is not a lot of money by any means, and you try your upmost to bring in one player in the summer to strengthen your squad. 

Right winger – Pione Sisto (CA 140, PA 155)

There is a dilemma on the right-hand side for Roma, but if you bring in a right winger, you can slip Alessandro Florenzi in to right back, and your side will look much stronger. Remember, you need to lean towards bringing in younger players. So we have opted for Celta Vigo man Pione Sisto. The right winger has starting CA of 140, but can become a first team regular with his 155 potential. The Dane holds attributes of 17 technique, 17 long shots and 16 dribbling. You should look to pick him up for £13 million with starting wages of £25,000 a week. 

Alternative options

  • Jesus Corona – Age 24, FCP, Mexico, CA 144, PA 155, Value: £9.6m, Wage: £27k
  • Keko – Age 25, Malaga, Spain, CA 144, PA 152, Value: £11m, Wage: £25k
  • Pablo Sarabia – Age 25, Sevilla, Spain, CA 146, PA 155, Value: £13m, Wage: £48k
  • Sofiane Feghouli – Age 27, Galatasaray, Algeria, CA 152, PA 155, Value: £7.5m, Wage: £78k


With Roma not having the wealth of the other big clubs around Europe, their financial situation looks uneasy. The balance of the club is already in negative, and this will continue to get worse as the season go by. The club’s losses are to worsen until the end of the season, and it looks as if you will not get much cash to spend in the transfer market in the next few years. 


End the wait

Those worrying finances are perhaps stopping you from going on and challenging for silverware, so it is vital that you perform well in your first season in charge. Lifting a trophy may just be beyond you, but if you can qualify for the Champions Cup, that should be the foundation for a squad which has a great blend of youth and experience. That said, you may only have three seasons maximum to win something as the older players will need replacing by that point. 

Roma first team squad, player roles and ratings

Player Age Pos Role Duty Role Ability CA/ PA
Starting lineup
Alisson24GKGoalkeeperDefend3 star145/ 158
Bruno Peres27DRComplete/ wing-backSupport/ attack3 star140/ 150
Kostas Manolas26DCRCentral defenderDefend3 star153/ 159
Federico Fazio30DCLDefensive centre backAny3 star147/ 152
Aleksandar Kolarov31DLFull-backAttack3 star145/ 150
Daniele De Rossi34DMDeep lying playmakerDefend4 star156/ 177
Radja Nainggolan29MCRBox to box midfielder/ mezzalaSupport4 star170/ 170
Kevin Strootman27MCLMezzala/ Deep lying playmaker/ box to box midfielderSupport/ defend3.5 star157/ 164
Alessandro Florenzi26AMRWingerSupport3.5 star154/ 162
Diego Perotti29AMLWingerAttack3.5 star148/ 154
Edin Dzeko31STCTarget manAttack4 star158/ 166
Lukasz Skorupski26GKGoalkeeperDefend2.5 star134/ 142
Hector Moreno29D (C)Ball playing defenderDefend3 star139/ 148
Juan Jesus26D (LC)Defensive full-backDefend2 star136/ 144
Maxime Gonalons28DMBall Winning midfielderSupport3 star141/ 144
Lorenzo Pellegrini21DM M (C)Advanced playmakerSupport3 star141/ 169
Stephan El Shaarawy24AM (RL) ST (C)Inside forwardAttack3.5 star145/ 156
Patrik Schick21AM (RC) ST (C)Complete forwardAny3 star140/ 168
Bogdan Lobont39GKSweeper keeperAttack2 star108/ 140
Leandro Castan30D (C)Central defenderStopper2.5 star130/ 149
Cengiz Under20M (RL) AM (RL)Inside forwardSupport2.5 star127/ <170
Gregoire Defrel26AM (RL) ST (C)Complete forwardAny3 star139/ 147
Rick Karsdorp22D (R) WB (R) DMFull-backAttack2.5 star138/ 151
Emerson23D (RL) WB (L)Complete wing-back/ full-backAny/ attack3.5 star145/ 158

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