The Giallorossi and Los Rojiblancos play out an insipid draw at ‘The Eternal City’
Score: A.S Roma 0 Atletico Madrid 0
Following the International break and a game cancellation last weekend Roma would make their return to the Champions League after missing out last year. They would take on a champions league giant as Roma hosted Atletico Madrid at the Stadio Olimpico. Atletico Madrid went into the game as the favorites but Roma were determined to defend their ground. It was a back and forth affair in the first half as both teams spend a fair amount of the time on the attack their the two teams switched on control as no one was really on the front it became a battle of the goalkeepers as Allison and Oblak were the shining stars. After the first half Roma and Atletico were even with neither team begin able to find the back of the net. In the second half it would be more of the same but Atletico was the better team in the second half as they put serious pressure on the Romans but fortunately for Roma Allison was at his very best saving everything that came his way as Roma was able to hold on to get a very crucial point a very good start the champions league for Roma.
For the opening match In Roma’s return to the Champions League Roma would go with a very similar side as in their opening match of their campaign against Atalanta. Eusebio Di Francesco didn’t alter his formation for his first champions league game as manager as he stuck with his 4-3-3 formation something I don’t see changing anytime soon. In goal between the sticks would be Allison; the Brazilian has had a really good start to the season he is in top form and looks to keep the momentum going. Roma’s back four looks very similar to how the defense lined up in their last match against Inter Milan.
At left back would be Roma’s player of the mouth and best signing so far Aleksandar Kolarov the Serb had a great break scoring against Ireland to all but qualify Serbia for Russia. On the opposite side returning at right back would be Bruno Peres who returned from the injury he picked up on opening day a fantastic sign of relief as his replacement got abused by Icardi last time out. The left center back would be Juan Jesus who has been nothing short of spectacular surprising more than a few with his performances then finally to make up the defense one of Serie A’s best defenders Kostas Manolas at the right center back. Roma would keep the same three in the center Midfield trio that they have been using all season In the central midfielder role would be the Roma Captain Danielle De Rossi who has been a great leader so far this season on the left center mid would be One of Serie A’s best players Radja Nainggolan who as allready done very well this season then as the right center mid it would be Kevin Strootman another player who has had a good start to the season. Up front would be Diego Perotti on the left wing a position he seems to be very comfortable with role he’s had a surprisingly good start to the season. On the opposite side it would be Grégoire Defrel who hasn’t got his Roma career off to the best start this season but getting the nod should boast his confidence. Then finally as Roma’s main striker would be the BIG men the Bosnian tower Edin Dzeko. Roma also has El Shaarawy and Florenzi coming back as key subs as well as other options this is a very rested team we should see a good performance.
After an absence from the champions league Roma were ready as Atletico and Roma were ready to kick off on a Tuesday night in a group B fixture between one of Italy’s bests and one of Spain’s bests. Atletico Madrid wasted no time getting in position to showing their quality as they have thrived in this tournament many times before. They nearly broke through in the opening 5 minuets when Saúl Ñíguez hit the post after taking a shot from deep a great opening chance for the Madrid boys it wouldn’t take very long to get things going as they would get another chance very quickly after the first chance as Koke took an attempt from the side of the box but Allison was able to deal worth it. Once Roma got out of the first few minutes they were able to take some control of possession Perotti had a chance but his shot was blocked.
Roma first chance of the game would come shortly after Edin Dzeko’s sent headed pass to Defrel the striker would take a good shot attempt but his shot from outside the box just missed. At this point it kind of began going back and forth as Atletico would take yet another chance Felipe Luiz as the catalyst sent ball into Madrid’s most dangerous player Antonio Griezmann the Frenchmen got a good look but was unable to put it together as he missed. The key for Roma in this game would be making it difficult on Griezmann because on his day he is as good as anyone so neutralizing him would be crucial for Roma in getting something out of his game. Madrid continued to put pressure on Roma as Atletico youngster Luciano Vietto attempted to break the dead