AS Roma back proving they are Group G contenders for last 16
AS Roma were simply outplayed by Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu in 3-0 defeat. But they were not going through good phase at that time. They played two draw and suffered a defeat before visiting the 13 times UEFA Champions League winners. It doesn’t go too well for them against Real and in the result they suffered another 2-0 defeat against Bologna at home. Giallorossi boss Eusebio di Francesco was finding it difficult to find the right shape for his team, but now his back with three back-to-back victories. They routed Victoria Plzen 5-0 to prove they are group G contenders for last 16.
Edin Dzeko strikes a hat-trick, whereas Cenzig Under and Justin Kluivert served themselves with a goal as well. Kluivert the prodigious son of former AC Milan, Ajax, and Barcelona forward Patrick Kluivert made history for Roma becoming the youngest player at 19 years and 150 days old to score for Giallorossi in modern UEFA Champions League format.
In 1961, John Sweeney played for Dunfermline Athletic in front of 96,000 fans at the Scottish Cup final. Last month, his son Stephen, an #ASRoma supporter from Edinburgh, introduced his 83-year-old father to the Stadio Olimpico for the very first time pic.twitter.com/7Awi9LIPgK
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Roma fans are delighted with the turnaround of their team and Coach Eusebio di Francesco assured them that they have found a system and shape to compete at top level. After initial losses and draw, Di Fancesco adopted 4-2-3-1 formation and it has been successful since then.
Roma boss told Sky Italia, “Aside from experiments, I was trying to find the right solutions. It’s not easy to experiment at Roma, after all, but I was trying not to completely revoke my 4-3-3, instead making few adjustments. Now, I think we’ve found a good system and shape, so I’ll modify a few players, but try to give a sense of consistency to the approach from game to game.”
Last season semifinalist were doubtful to qualify for this season last 16 round considering their domestic performances and 3-0 loss against Real Madrid. But they have brought the confidence of their fans back in the team with three back to back victories with good margin.
However, Group G is going to be complicated with CSKA Moscow also in contention after registering surprise 1-0 victory over Real Madrid. They are at top of the group G with four points from two matches, whereas AS Roma and Real Madrid are sitting behind them at 2nd and 3rd spot with their three points.