After the comforting results in the league with the latest victories against Fiorentina and Genoa, the Europa League confirms that Roma are in good health, despite the defeat against Milan.
Roma played one of the best matches of the season against Shakhtar, against a tough opponent. But the tactics adopted by the Ukrainian coach turned out to be a boomerang. A very high defense to press on the Giallorossi half to close the spaces, but which did not last long.
Over time, the orange shirts have been overcome with the insertions of ours, deadly cuts with the right timing that have ended up crumbling to former team of Mr. Fonseca. Among the author’s performances, Lorenzo Pellegrini certainly stands out, they happen everywhere, with plays. top class goals and assists.
Great performance also by Pau Lopez who saves the result at least on a couple of occasions, good between the posts but less with his feet, unlike his opposite on the other side of the field. In defense good play by Kumbulla and the usual Cristante in the role of central defender. Best of the field in my opinion is Gianluca Mancini, leader and goalscorer, on and off the pitch. Smalling was not there as a precaution and will not be available for the next one either.
Villar finds himself playing a little further ahead with Diawara behind in a solid, compact and concentrated midfield helped very well by Karsdorp and Spinazzola on the flanks. In front Miki and Pedro are running well, too bad for the Armenian injury, the Spaniard moved well until he came out, but then El Shaarawy enters and upsets the game for the right way, great goal and a lot of quality. Mayoral good for movement when he enters but not very polished in front of goal lately.
Eventually the team comes out of this game victorious and with a foot and a half in the quarterfinals, crossing their fingers. Older players will remember an unfortunate episode in 1980 against Carl Zeiss Jena, three to zero in the first leg with goals from Pruzzo, Ancelotti and Falcao, but then incredibly defeated four to nil in the second leg in an incredible match in old East Germany.
Well, maybe we would like to repeat the match against Slavia Prague, without the goal in the second leg that cost us the last-ditch qualification, one of the blackest pages of the Roma fan in the European field. I’m sure this time it will go differently. Now head to Parma, score points to keep the Champions place. Daje Roma.