AS Roma suffered 4-1 humiliation at Camp Nou in Uefa Champions League quarterfinals first-leg, and for most of that they must blame themselves. Barcelona didn’t harm them as much as they did harm to themselves. None of the Barcelona players were on the scoresheet and they were 2-0 down. Daniel de Rossi and Kostas Manolas own goals had already taken the match away from them before Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez added to their pain. They must thank Edin Dzeko for their precious away goal, which has helped them believe in miracle after the 4-1 debacle at Camp Nou.
Uefa gives AS Roma 16.7% chance to move forward in the tournament on the basis of previous results in the 4-1 situation from first-leg. It has taken place 48 times, and away side in second-leg has walked through 40 times, whereas home side in second-leg manages to get past only 8 times.
Roma are in a difficult situation considering the facts. And it’s more difficult when your opponent is FC Barcelona. If there could have been any other team, you may have looked at that 16.7% chance. But it’s mighty Barcelona.
However, Roma Coach Eusebio Di Francesco’s all hope is on a miracle to happen. He told press reporters as Football Italia reports, “We have to play with true love. After that, we’ll think about derby. We’ll go out with our best players and we have the chance to do something unthinkable, given they have practically never lost.”
“We have a duty to try until it’s all over, and we will. It will be a miracle if you want, but why can’t we make it happen? We are thinking back to the game against Chelsea at home, but we’re also aware that we are playing against an army this time out.”
He adds, “Playing at the Olimpico? It’s always a great responsibility, regardless of how many people are in the stands. Tomorrow we will need a great response to the 4-1 from the first leg. We’ll need to put in everything we have. I won’t speak about the city, but the mentality is built at home in Trigoria. I hear about winning mentality, but very little has won here and there wasn’t much of one before. It’s created in time. We must also create a sense of belonging and try not to pay attention to the chatter.”
History has numerous games to motivate Roma to believe in miracles. It happened last season in PSG vs Roma, and Manchester City vs AS Monaco game. PSG were leading 4-0 from first-leg at home, but Barcelona made historic comeback winning 6-5 aggregate with the 6-1 victory at Camp Nou. Manchester City were leading 5-3 from first-leg at Etihad, but Monaco turned the tie winning 3-1 at Stade Louis II.
We have to respect Roma’s believe in themselves, but considering Messi’s determination to winning titles this season, the chances are bleak. Messi is eyeing FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 but before that, he wants to keep motivated himself winning everything which comes in his way. I’m sure winning Uefa Champions League is one of his priority and he wouldn’t like Barcelona to be eliminated the second season in a row at the same stage against an Italian opponent.