Good point or bad point? Roma and Atletico start their CL campaign with a nil-nil draw. We are at the beginning of the season, Roma are still at a development stage, Atletico are already massive team in Europe, so we really did not know what to expect. Roma started well in thew first half challenging the spaniards, a couple of chances wasted, then a couple of dubious penalties not given by the referee. Atletico came back stronger especially in the second half, expressing a clear superiority in team play. Roma still lacks fitness, quite evident by the way the spanish side led the game in the last half-hour, missing some incredible chances. We can argue that with more stamina Roma could have done better, even to win the game, but instead decided to settle for a point. And rightly so. Atletico could have put game beyon doubt, even in the dying seconds. keeper Alisson was just superb to deny them victory.
Clearly, there is work to be done. It will take time to be at 100% for 90 minutes. Dzeko and Strootman did not impress. The defense looked a bit better. Some positives from Nainggolan and Perotti. At least, Roma showed resilience. Di Francesco understood was important to start the campaign with no defeat. And yes, one could argue that like the Inter game, denied penalties could have swing the game in our favour. But here, let’s face it, it’s not really applicable. Atletico are just a superior side, and Roma need to catch up, maybe the return of Schick, Florenzi and Karsdorp will bring that extra stamina and class we need to compete at this level. So, we take the point. Now let’s catch up in Serie A. Daje Roma!
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!