Champions League Round of 16 second Leg Roma vs F.C Porto #491


After a disgraceful performance in the Roman Derby, this Roma team needs to put everything behind them as they have an incredibly important match that could determine their season and DiFrancesco’s job security. That’s right the champions league has returned whether or not Roma will be in the quarterfinals for a second consecutive year is at stake. Roma has half their foot in the door and just need to finish the job. Following disappointment and disgrace, Roma must redefine their focus with everything on the line on Wednesday night. Roma travels to Portugal as they prepare to face FC Porto on their ground in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Roma has a 2-1 advantage going into the second game but Porto managed to secure an away goal meaning Roma must score in Portugal to secure a spot in the quarterfinals. DiFrancesco is on a mountain of pressure and there are reports that his job could be at serious risk if Roma fails to make the quarter-finals. Their Champions League ambitions maybe slipping between their grasps in the League this season which is why a quarterfinal appearance is a must. Roma have the better players and an advantage on the scoreboard but I would not put it past FC Porto for a possible comeback they will be at home and prior to the first leg, Porto was unbeaten in their last 26 matches this team knows how to win the game. Will Edin Dzeko & Nicolo Zaniolo lead Roma to the quarterfinals or will they be denied by a Valiant Porto come back. We will find all that and more when Roma and Porto face off in the round of 16 in the Champions League for a place in the quarter-finals on the line will it be the Italians or the Portuguese we are just 90 minutes away from finding out the conclusion.





A.S Roma 



Roma is coming off a poor performance in the Derby this weekend and as we have seen many times this season they can be quite an inconsistent bunch. Changes may have to be made during the second leg they do have the advantage but only a slight one. I’m not sure whether Eusebio di Francesco will make a change in formation but ahead of this match, it does make sense. Roma cannot mess around with experiments they need to play experience and the absolutely best team. As far as the goalkeeper situation I think it’s possible that there may be an adjustment but I would not do it because it is a rash decision. Defensively Roma needs to hope and pray that Kostas Manolas will be back. He is expected to play this game and I don’t think he will allow himself to miss it. Him being back in the lineup will make things a lot easier without him Roma would have a serious issue. However, with all that being said I think Roma do need to make some changes in the defense I would keep Alex Kolarov at left-back but instead of Federico Fazio, I would pair Kostas Manolas with Davie Santon. At right-back I at least think to switch out Alexandro Florenzi for Rick Karsdorp should be considered defensively Roma needs to be spotless in this game which is going to be pretty hard regardless. In the 4-2-3-1 formation, I would go with the defensive Midfield Duo of Steven Nzonzi and Daniele de Rossi in this match Roma must go with experience. In a Roma’s attacking Midfield Lorenzo Pellegrini should be Central as he has a sensational passing ability. On the wings, we should see Stephan El Shaarawy and a Nicolo Zaniolo. While the Bosnian Edin Dzeko occupies the striker position. Edin Dzeko as such huge importance on this game he needs to turn it on and his impact could be crucial. He is the key player in this match away goals count double in this match if Roma can score they’ll be able to kill it off. Edin Dzeko if he has a Champions League types performance can prove to be the difference. that is why he holds so much value in this game


F.C Porto


Roma is not the only team to have suffered a painful loss. Porto recently lost to Benfica which is a hugely important game in Portugal. This is why Porto should come in with the intensity but with the patient approach because they have ground to make up. I wouldn’t expect any change in formation, in fact, I believe it will be more or less the same team we saw in the first leg. The home field advantage could it be a huge Factor given the atmosphere. Nonetheless defensively portal need to figure out a way to stop Roma’s high-profile attacking players. Porto is likely to line up in the 4-4-2 formation as I mentioned they’re unlikely to change it. Even though Porto is in need of goals they cannot let Roma hit early. They’re set up through their formation makes a lot of sense with the two Strikers up top and then four midfielders protecting the back line. I’m not sure what their approach should be but they cannot let themselves get exposed which is why the game will largely depend on how they can play defensively. Hector Herrera is my key player for the match for Porto. He will play a huge role in facilitating and creating attacks for Porto while maintaining their shape not to get exposed defensively. His role in this game could prove to be crucial in their hopes for a comeback



Bottom Line 


Last Time


It all comes down to this 90 minutes away from a second consecutive quarterfinal for Roma. Based on their history that would be an incredible achievement even if they go out in the next round given how inconsistent this team is this season and how much they have struggled in the league especially against lower teams it would be truly great for the Roma tradition in Europe. I believe Roma cannot afford to lose this game they are quite easily the better team. Roma just needs to play after at their best and they should get to the finish line. Before the draw came out Roma got easiest of all of them I’m not saying Porto was an easy game especially in Portugal because it certainly is not but given the alternatives, Roma was giving a break. Roma cannot allow this to slip away. Roma are an inconsistent team and Porto have a decent chance of turning this around especially in their own backyard it is going to be loud and hectic the question is can Roma adapt to that environment. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in the media temporarily everyone needs to come together and play their game. Defensively will be the biggest issue they need to play mistake-free. That’s easier said than done I believe this will be a battle Roma’s high-functioning attack needs to be in full operation. Lorenzo Pellegrini should play an incredibly important part of this game as the orchestrator of the Roma attack he may not score in this game but he will give his teammates opportunities to kill off the game. Roma need just an away goal and it’s going to make things incredibly difficult for Porto it comes down to this if Edin Dzeko and Nicolo Zaniolo are given space to operate and the Bosnian get service Rome will get the goal they are looking for. From Porto’s perspective holding their Midfield strong and not allowing Roma to get great opportunities and if they do at least limiting the damage they can do to their team. Porto at some point will need to all-out attack Roma but I expect them to tactically put something together early but at some point, they’re going to have to attack Roma in an aggressive way. That will either be the reason they pull off the upset or it will backfire and the Roma attack will make them pay for it. I still give Porto a decent chance because of Roma’s inconsistencies But I think they will put everything aside and find a way to get to another quarterfinal it will be tough but in the end, the Italians will prove to be superior.



Roma’s Projected starting XI 4-3-2-1
GK: Robin Olsen
DEF: Alex Kolarov,Daive Santon, Kostas Manolas, Rich Karsdorp
DEF MID: Steven Nzonzi, Danielle De Rossi
ATT MID: Stephen El Shaarawy, Lorenzo Pellegrini,Nicolo Zaniolo,  
Striker: Edin Dzeko
Manager: Eusebio Di Francesco


Porto’s Projected starting 11 4-3-3
GK: Casillas
DEF: Pereira,Almeida,Militão,Alex
ATT Midfield:Herrera Pereira Óliver Torres
Front Three: Corona,Marega,Brahimi
Manager: Sérgio Conceição





Players to Watch

Edin Dzeko 

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Hector Herrera 


Date: Wednesday March 6th, 2019
Venue: Estádio do Dragão
Kickoff: 2:00PM (USA) 8:00PM (ENG), 9:00PM (ITA)
TV Broadcast: Fox Sports, Sky Italia 


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