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Michael Bradley stood out as one of the best players on the pitch. And I'm not simply saying this to promote the ex-MLS American star on his home soil.
Operating in what seems to be an ideal box-to-box role, he demonstrated grit and determination at both ends of the pitch.
In defense, he could be seen closing down spaces and applying pressure to the All-Star midfield. He was winning balls back, tidying up corner kicks and using truly Italian technique to sweep the ball effortlessly to his teammates.
In offense he supplied support and made several killing runs, ultimately his attacking play culminating in the setup for the third goal. A delicate touch from the American saw Kevin Strootman through, whose pass was then put away by Junior Tallo.
With continued performances like this one, he could find himself consistently in Roma's starting lineup. And there is no question about how he will operate with Strootman. Together, they seem quite a formidable midfield duo.