Atletico Madrid 2 A.S Roma 0FT
Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
Following Roma’s inspiring Derby Della Capitale win over hated rivals Lazio The High flying Romans head into Madrid to keep their momentum going as the champions league returns having won their previous six games in all competitions with successive wins against Torino,Crotone,Bolonga,Chelsea,Lazio ANF Fiorentina. It is match day 5 of this years campaign and Roma currently sit top of the group with 8 points with Chelsea just behind with 7 after there demolition of Premier League Champions Chelsea 3-0 last time out. . Roma will clinch their place in the champions league Round of 16 with a win or draw in Madrid tonight. Atletico Madrid will welcome Roma to their New Wanda Metropolitano as Madrid hopes to avoid a loss as they are facing elimination tonight after two draws against Qarabag. These two teams played out a 0-0 draw in match day one as Roma’s Alisson stared pulling off 9 saves just constantly denied them. While Roma are high flying Madrid have struggled in the league in their recent scoreless draw against Madrid as they continue to be unfamiliar to their former self that used to be a threat in the Champions league making two finals. Roma are the favorites here and coming into this game spewing with confidence but I would take a great performance a struggling Atletico against a high flying Roma with everything on the line. A win here in Madrid would all but win the group for Roma as Roma play Qarabağ in the last champions league match day but first thing first as we were in for another Great European Night. we got a very similar game to the one we saw first time out a defensive Roma against an Attacking Atletico. Roma did their part but in the second half Griezmann put together a moment of genius as the French men gave Atletico a 1-0 lead with an insane overhead kick giving Alisson no chance to save it. Roma tried to response but were a victim of blocked attempts. Atletico got a second very late to hold on to a 2-0 win against a very tough Roma side as the Spanish giants stay alive.
Eusebio Di Francesco and his high flying Roma would lineup very similarly to their derby win against Lazio. Roma came out with their ever so dangerous attacking 4-3-3 formation a customary formation of Di Francesco one which he has used for a very long time he is unlikely to change it this season but it is very effective so why would he. In goal would be Roma Big Brazilian Serie A’s best Alisson Becker who has been nothing short of spectacular this season since taking over for Szczęsny this season he currently sits at top of Serie A with 7 clean sheets. Roma’s #1 ranked defense in Italy would be very similar to the derby with another very strong backline that Atletico had issues breaking through last time these teams played. At left back the signing of the season so far Alexzandar Kolarov the Serb has been a threat in an attacking sense and defensive sense as well one of Roma’s best players this season he is aging like fine wine. Beside him as the left center back would be one of the best defenders Kostas Manolas who has put together another great season scoring twice this season in big moments I might add as well as been brilliantly defensively. His center back partner on the right at 6’5 the Man mountain Federico Fazio another player that has been excellent this season he truly has found a home here. In the last meeting with Atletico He single handedly took their best player out of the game as Antoine Griezmann spent the majority of the game in Fazio’s back pocket. Then finally to cap of the defense the very versatile Bruno Peres a player who is very capable of getting forward while still keep his assignments in check. only one changes in the back and rightly so this group is the best unit Roma have. In the middle of the park would be Roma’s very dangerous midfield with making only one change to their attacking midfield. In the central midfield spot would be Maxime Gonalons coming in for Roma captain Danielle De Rossi a good move Gonalons has been very impressive this season very underrated player this will give Rest to Roma’s 33-Year old captain which is necessary in the long season. On the left side would be the Hero from the Derby win over Lazio Radja Nainggolan deploying the left side. The Flemish midfielder came back from not yet fully recovered from injury as still was the best player on the pitch as he fired home the winner against Roma’s crosstown rivals showing why he is one of the best Mids in Europe. Then on the right would be Lorenzo Pellegrini coming in for Strootman to give the young Italian another champions league start Then to cap of this strong side is arguably the most dangerous front three in this group oozing of quality. On the wings would be Diego Perotti on the left wing and on the right side would be the young Brazilian Gerson who is in fantastic form . Perotti scored against Chelsea and also added a goal in the derby Saturday. Then in front as the main striker the Big Bosnian Edin Dzeko who is Roma’s top scorer this season with 10 goals. He is missing boots at the moment not having scored in a quite a while but has held a strong forward line and has performed well as a leader despite the lack of goals. However the goals will start to fall he is a very capable scorer so I don’t think its a big concern. A very strong side put out by Di Francesco with a strong bench El Shaarawy as possible impactful subs off the bench.
The Champions league is finally back as we prepare in a massive match that could change the landscape of Group C. Two young managers prepare to take on each other in a massive match between to quality teams as Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simone takes on Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco. After predictions and preparations for this massive fixture we were ready to kick off in at Atletico Wanda Metropolitano as A.S Roma become their first Italian guest we would get underway. Much like the first meeting Atletico Madrid came out firing they got a very early chances in the opening minutes of the game When Jose Giménez connected on a header from the side of the box a good effort but Alisson was able to deal. Roma was controlling the possession early in but Atletico’s were going after it in the attacking sense. Gerson would give Roma their first chance of the game about 10 minutes later the young Brazilian stroke it from the center of the box but missed. Roma didn’t have very many clear cut chances for Roma the game began an Atletico attack vs a Roma stone wall defense. Roma had the unit to deal with the attack but the attack would come and come again.Yannick Carrasco would come close with a narrow shot but missed. Atletico then nearly pulled ahead when Filipe Luis sent a cross from the wing Koke hit a strong header it would stay even as the attempt was miraculously saved by Alisson. Early in the defense was controlling the point of the attack but the attack would only contiune to come and come. At the half hour mark Antoine Griezmann tried ti break though but man marking by Fazio prevented him from getting a clean shot off. It would be a close attempt but would miss. The later it got the more Atletico would push forward Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann both tried to break the deadlock but once again Fazio’s defensive display caused poor shots from the pair. Roma would hold off several late attacks from the Spaniards as Atletico continued to fall victim Roma’s defensive trap Roma had next to nothing going forward but defensively they were dominate.
Federico Fazio and the Defense frustrates Atletico in the first half despite their chances
It was clear that Roma’s strategy was working the defensive trap working brilliantly with Fazio taming the attacking options the Madrid side have. However not enough attacks going forward could be costly epsically if a freak goal is scored. We would see a very similar second half to the first but the defensive pressure step it up a notch on both ends they wasn’t a shot successful put on goal until deep into the second half. A lot defenders getting in front of chances causing blocked shots. Roma would go to their bench in the 62nd minute as Lorenzo Pellegrini would make room for Kevin Strootman it would be his 100th appearance for Roma a great milestone. Shortly after Bruno Peres would pick up a yellow card as the game started getting tense with everything on the line. Madrid would make a change of their own moments later as Gabi replaced Koke. Right after their would be a chance from Madrid as Fernando Torres came close to scoring but Fazio forced another complicated shot attempt. Atletico Madrid would make their second change as Kevin Gameiro came in for Yannick Carrasco. Roma would finally get a chance shortly after as Bruno Peres took a shot and blasted it into the top corner but it was saved. However in the 69th Minute Athletic got their response as Roma would be beaten by a moment of unadulterated brilliance. Griezmann after struggling with his match up against Fazio would break away to score an unbelievable overhead kick to give Atletico the 1-0 lead one of the goals of the season so far an amazing finish. After the goal Roma brought in Defrel and El Shaarawy as attacking options. Atletico got another pair of chances but Alisson denied Torres and Saúl Ñíguez missed from a tight angle. Roma started to push forward slightly as Radja Nainggolan took a header from a Kolarov cross but he missed. The with under 20 minutes to go Roma went a man down after Bruno Peres got a second yellow. Atletico with about 5 minutes to go took full advantage of the extra man. Kevin Gameiro took a shot from the side that was saved but he would take the rebound and put it in the back of the net as Alisson didn’t have enough time to react to the follow up as Atletico went 2-0 up. Atletico would get the win to stay alive as Chelsea go top of group but a win for Roma in match day 6 against Qarabağ will confirm there place in the Champions league Round of 16.
Antoine Griezmann buries Roma with this brace in the second half
Antoine Griezmann scores an Insane overhead kick to Give Atletico In the Lead
On another special European night between two of the top sides in their respective countries in a battle between 1st place Roma and 3rd place Atletico Madrid. After a 0-0 draw first time out we would see Atletico Madrid put together their first quality performance this season. Roma didn’t have a lot of response for what Atletico was able to bring forward Roma are defensive experts have the best defense in Serie A this season. This match could of easily been a draw Roma was doing a great job of holding them off early in the game to draw Alisson was brilliant through out the first half demanding excellence from his defensive line. Roma had a very few chances they did struggle to put away the chances they did have but their wasn’t a shortage of chances creation Kolarov did everything to get in the service but it just wasn’t working the way they wanted it to. Going into the second half even scores Roma’s defensive game plan was working to the te. However a freak goal from Antoine Griezmann broken down a strong Roman defense and what a goal it was an absolutely insane goal not a keeper in the world could of stopped it. Griezmann had a poor first half and spent all on the first game in Fazio’s back pocket He stills struggled when Fazio was man marking him but he answered the critics in an infactic way. Atletico got their second to keep them alive its still a rather unlikely that they will go through but They fought back after a very poor start the season this was the first time they played well all season. The Man of the Match today is Griezmann to come up with that goal in a game where they needed a win showed his willingness. This was a learning curve for ROma they had their moments in the game despite the loss Kolarov, Gerson stood out over all it wasn’t a great performance and are capable of doing much better this group will learn for this and take care of business at home against Qarabag Roma will go through with a win but drop to second after Chelsea’s win. Not a bad performance but Roma weren’t at their best today i expect a quality response they will learn from this and only get better.
Man Of the Match: Antione Griezmann
BY THE NUMBERS
On Target: 6
Pass Accuracy: 77%
On Target: 1
Pass Accuracy: 81%
Champions League Group C
Chelsea 3-1-1 10Pts
Roma 2-2-1 8Points
Athletic Madrid: 1-3-1 6Point
Qarabağ: 0-2-3 2Points