After Roma’s fight back against Liverpool coming one goal short in the Champions League semi-final confirming their elimination. Roma will return to League Play as they try to secure their place in the Champions League next season with their toughest match of the season just a week away is important that Roma grab all three points as a fight with Lazio for the final automatic Champions League place. They will play host to Cagliari as the Romans will attempt a season’s sweep of the mid-table side. Roma won the matchup earlier this season on a stoppage-time goal from Federico Fazio as they secured an important three points. At the time they were in the title race now they are not but the champions league is still up for grabs and after an amazing campaign this season the Romans very much would like to return to the competition next year. Going forward there are no unimportant games left this season every game holds incredible value. Roma are equal on points with Lazio with 70 points. Roma hold the tiebreaker having won the head-to-head. Inter is probably out so they have a great chance of getting back into the champions league but for Pride sake they would like to finish ahead of the team down the road. Everything’s at stake for Roma while Cagliari also find themselves in a must-win situation as they only two points out of the relegation zone. With only three games remaining points are a must at this stage.
Despite their elimination from the Champions League Roma put in an incredible performance against Liverpool during that second leg. If calls had gone on their way it’s possible they could have advanced. However it was a very strong performance as they dominated Liverpool for much of the game. In back-to-back games Roma have played with great confidence and have delivered on the day. I see this only improving obviously Roma are heartbroken by the elimination this will fire them up to justify their quality. I see Roma going with a very similar team that they played against Liverpool only Minor Adjustments I really think that not too much needs to be changed because of how well they played the last two weeks. I would keep everything the same except starting Under instead of El Shaarawy who has a minor injury. Diego Perotti Kevin Strootman are both expected to remain out for this game but there is a small chance that they could return to the lineup. It’s likely that Lorenzo Pellegrini will remain in his post despite not playing that well against Liverpool. I think he is proven over the last few weeks that he’s a valuable option especially with the injuries Roma have. I like Patrick Schick and Edin Dzeko starting together they played well together over the last few games like I said not many changes as necessary Eusebio Di Francesco is also likely to go with the 4-3-3 again. Top to bottom Roma have quality throughout it and I believe they will have a strong bench I think they will have more depth. Radja Nainggolan is my key player in this match he has just had his 30th birthday and is coming off a two-goal performance against Liverpool I expect him to be aggressive and to create a lot of problems for the opposition his service the last few weeks has been exquisite I think he will anchor that Midfield. He will prove to be a massive difference-maker in this game. Roma shouldn’t have any difficulty getting the three points they been playing well and I believe they will continue to do so.
Cagliari understand they are at the sizeable mismatch Advantage against this very strong Roma team. With that being said their tactics will be to try and hold out for a draw. One that didn’t work last time but this time around I think they will take it to another level. They are near the relegation Zone so they will park the bus as much as they can and will pack their defense and midfield with as many bodies as they possibly can they want to make it as difficult as possible for Roma to score they are in need of points. In the end it may be hard to shut them out but I believe it’s our only legitimate tactic going into his match. They do not have the Firepower or a strong enough Midfield to hold real water on a counter attack. Counter-attacking football isn’t going to do it one moment of Brilliance could and I believe that is what they will go for. Their key player in this match is Nico Barella the young midfielder is there most potent offensive weapon and he will be the key to get his side points. He is one of the best youngsters in this league and he will be very crucial and trying to secure his team’s place in the league. It all will rest on his shoulders he has the ability to come through in important moments but without a superb performance they have no hope of getting points.
Last Meeting: 12/16/17 1-0 Roma
the Champions League is as important as it’s ever been for Roma they’ve gotten a large sum from the Champions League as they have made more Money then Juve this season. They need Champions League football. After their incredible campaign Roma want to be able to recreate what they achieved as they are in the position to be a force in Europe for years ago including attracting Marquee players which is why this is so important. Roma from top to bottom have more quality in their squad despite the Loss they are coming off incredible performances in back-to-back games. Not to mention Roma are away from home. A place where they have thrived up to this point Roma are unbeaten in 25 of their last 26 away matches which gives them the ultimate confidence going forward. Not only that but they understand the importance of winning and picking up the three points necessary they want to clinch a Champions League place as soon as they possibly can and against a team that all due respect does not scare anyone. Cagliari on the other hand is in a very tight situation regarding the relegation battle they want to survive this season they can secure it with a draw or nearly can it will be very difficult with the Romans coming to their house. The defense will have to play next level to stop Roma trying to scrap out a point maybe their best option because if they go too far forward it could be a calculated risk. As much as points are needed it shouldn’t risk too much because of how precious points this late in the season are. However a relegation team should not be underestimated they will do whatever they can to get points in front of their home crowd but in the end I just don’t think it will be enough.
Roma’s Projected starting 11 4-3-3
GK: Alisson Becker
DEF: Alex Kolarov, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Alexandro Florenzi
DEF: Danielle De Rossi, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Radja Nainggolan
Front Three: Cengiz Under, Patrik Schick , Edin Dzeko
Manager: Eusebio Di Francesco
Cagliari : Projected Starting 11 (3-5-1-1)
DEF MID: Padoin,Dessena,Lonita, Farago
Center Forward: Nicolò Barella
Manager:Luis Diego López
Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella and Roma’s Radja Nainggolan
Date: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
Venue: Sardegna Arena,Cagliari
Kickoff: 1:45PM (USA) 7:45PM (ENG), 8:45PM (ITA)
TV Broadcast: Sky Itaila