AS Roma did it against mighty Barcelona, Manchester City had a good fight against Liverpool, it’s Juve time…
AS Roma did something majestic at Stadio Olimpico last night. Giallorossi eliminated the mighty Barcelona to put themselves into the Uefa Champions League semifinals. And what an incredible comeback it was, from the 4-1 debacle at Camp Nou to 3-0 miracle in Rome. Juventus needs to do something similar against Los Merengues as their Italian rivals managed to do against the Los Cules.
Real Madrid will be playing at home with a 3-0 advantage, but Juve needs to show their strength. Bianconeri can’t sit back and watch Real Madrid marching ahead the second season in a row on the expense of them. Last night we witness the fight back and Juventus can take great motivation from those two games.
Liverpool were leading 3-0 from first-leg and they did win 5-1 aggregate but Manchester City showed their strength. They bundle them out in second-leg first-half. They had a goal in the second minute of the game, they had a ball into the net which was wrongly disallowed and Bernardo Silva hit the crossbar with a brilliant curler. If Pep Guardiola wouldn’t have been awarded the Red and watched the second-half from stands, City may have produced something called ‘perfect’ in Guardiola’s language.
Manchester City’s thunderstorm may have lasted only 45 minutes against Liverpool, but Roma punished Barcelona throughout the game. A superficial Barca looks like an ordinary team in Rome. They hadn’t had many chances in the game except few of the free-kicks Lionel Messi blown in the stands.
Giallorossi were good physically as well as technically. They made the most of their chances and force Barcelona to sit back watching their 4-1 lead go away. It may be Ernesto Valverde’s conservative style to blame as he didn’t use his bench before the 80th minute of the game. It also makes little difference because they hardly have the bench strength who makes difference coming on as a substitute.
You can’t take the credit away from AS Roma. It will be an insult to Eusebio di Francesco’s Roma side. They deserved the victory. Now, the question remains will Italy’s Serie A leader Juventus will be able to do something majestic against the defending champion Real Madrid.
It’s Juve time to show what they have got which makes them the incomparable in Italy. They may win their seventh consecutive Serie A title this season, but it will add little to their reflect their glory in Italy. They need to win a Uefa Champions League trophy which is due in Gigi Buffon’s 21-year long career. Real Madrid may be the best team in Uefa Champions League history but they can be beaten. They can’t take the beauty of football away. There are teams who have won great matches being underdogs and last night reflects a good example of how to do it.
Santiago Bernabeu gets ready…it’s Juve time.