Here we go again. After the rain it’s sunny again. The game against Sampdoria was cancelled for adverse weather condition, the other Serie A games went on with Juve, Napoli and Inter moving to the top while Milan were battered by a surprising Lazio side. Roma rested and tonight it’s Champions League football, at last. Last year Roma went out miserably against FC Porto, this year we look forward to this new adventure.
Group C it’s tough but exciting. Atletico Madrid and Chelsea will be difficult to beat but Roma must try to compete. Tonight it’s a key game. Atletico are a team who have managed to reach the Champions League final twice in the last 4 years. Experienced and tough team to play against, led by old enemy Diego Simeone, a former Lazio and Inter toughman. Roma have rested but lost Patrik Schick already for a couple of weeks. It will important the attitude, respect your opposition but at the same don’t get intimidated. They’re well able to keep and pass the ball in midfield and have dangerous attacking play with the likes of Griezmann and Carrasco. Roma must try to lead the game and not fall in the trap of waiting. The same attitude showed against Inter in the first 70 mins. Florenzi back will be an additional weapon to use on the right flank. But the uncertainty is at the back, with players of the likes of Manolas recently underperforming. Concentration will be crucial. If you make a mistake they can de deadly.
Disappointment to see the stadium only at 40,000 capacity. Prices were quite high with the Curvas selling at €40. On top, the game will be shown on major national channel, so many decided to stay at home. Pity. Roma need their fans back after years of austerity, stadium ticket prices do not help. The Club must understand we need to regain the trust of the fans, we need support nad want to see our stadium full again, at least in these major games. Nevertheless, the 40,000 fans attending tonight will be at full voice, you can bet. Daje. Forza Roma!