It’s the final countdown or these are the days of miracle and wonder. Choose your own quote and preferred line to sing along. The game with Leicester is the only thing that counts at this stage. And the draw against Bologna is not going to affect our mood.
We Romanisti have not been in a Uefa cup final since 1991. Let alone the European cup final in 1984. The last win is the Italian cup in 2008. We have in our memories that fantastic win against Barcelona and the semifinal against Liverpool. It is our biggest moment since then.
The away game at Leicester certified we can get into the final. Yet it is not done yet. On the contrary. We need to be focused like against Bodo, the only way to beat the english side. The stadium is sold-out like every game these days, 72,000 roaring. The atmosphere will be electric, we need to scare the opposition. We are biggest fans in the world. Let’s do it. Forza Roma!
Torino, Crotone, Bologna: Roma at a minimum with one nil rule. Not so impressive but solid at the back, with only five goals conceded in all season, the best defense in Serie A. History says the best defense will always grab the Scudetto in the end. Is this going to be the case again this year? Regardless, Roma needs to keep going like this, clean sheets, and hopefully score more goals and continue to win games. The leading pack continue relentlessly on the same note. The top six teams have formed one separate league. Winning against these will be crucial and unfortunately Roma have so far lost two, against Inter and Napoli.
Last night Roma did just enough, once again, but hardly ever felt under pressure by a static Bologna side with Federico Di Francesco upfront, ironically the son of Roma coach Eusebio. It was another revolutioned team selection with Kolarov and Nainggolan rested for the upcoming match against Chelsea. The rotation is working fine, different players each game, same end product. This time it was Stephan El Sharaawy our saviour with a cracking goal! Goal dedicated to Rick Karsdorp who will be out for another 6 months. Teams like Napoli cannot afford this type of rotation, they have barely 11 players to rely on. So, in the long-term this team tactic might pay off.
Next three weeks are crucial: Chelsea, Fiorentina, Lazio, Atletico Madrid. Serie A and Champions League at stake. Let’s take one by one. Chelsea will be much tougher than what we saw at Stamford Bridge. If we play again at that level anything is possible. Most importantly, cannot afford to lose players anymore to injury but to get back to fitness the likes of Patrik Schick. If he can match our expectations he can be our secret lethal weapon. Daje Roma!