AS Roma will be aiming to overturn the 5-2 defeat they suffered at the hands of Liverpool to book a place in the final of the Champions League.
The Reds were 5-0 up against Roma at Anfield until the last 10 minutes of the game before netting two goals to keep their faint hopes of qualifying ahead of the tie in Stadio Olimpico. Shortly after the match, Roma’s Captain Daniele di Rossi called on his teammates to produce the same performance they staged against Barcelona to seal a spot in Kyiv.
Roma’s record at the Stadio Olimpico
The Giallorosi remains the only side to keep a clean sheet at home in this season’s Champions League making it a fortress for the Italian team. They have played the likes of Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona and still managed to keep a shutout against them.
In the quarterfinals, Roma staged one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the competition by overturning a 4-1 deficit in the Camp Nou to book a place in the Semi-finals. Eusebio di Francesco will also be banking on the atmosphere and similar performance to produce even a more significant comeback against the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp: Let’s fight for our dreams
Liverpool FC are famous for the big European nights, and fixtures like this are what the players crave to play. They are 90 minutes away from securing a spot in the finals of the most prestigious club competition, a feat they last achieved 11 years ago.
Klopp and his troops understand the magnitude of this occasion, and that’s an apparent reason he’s rallied his team with the famous quote of “Let’s fight for our dreams” ahead of the Roma clash. Even though they have a comfortable 5-2 lead going into this game, Liverpool players understand that a slight loss in concentration could see the edge wiped off which calls for the need to be disciplined and get the job done.
With the likes of Salah, Mane, and Firmino firing from all cylinders, it’s difficult to see how Roma will protect their clean sheet record. The Reds have their flaws at the back, but with this trio in full swing, those dreams of a date with Madrid in Kyiv may not be far away.
- Match Facts/Stats
Liverpool have not lost to Roma in European Cup competitions (Champions League) in all their previous encounters (W4, D2).
This encounter is Roma’s first European semi-final appearance for the first time in 27 years, and the last time was a meeting with Danish side Brondby in the 1990-91 Uefa Cup competition. The only occasion they went on to reach the finals was in 1983-84 season, where they lost to Liverpool in the Finals.
Liverpool are the most prolific English side in the history of the competition having scored 38 goals in a single season since the introduction of the new Champions League format in 2003-04.
PFA player of the year Salah has scored in each of his past five Champions League starts for Liverpool, a feat only Steven Gerrard had previously accomplished for the club (between October 2007 and February 2008).
Roma will have to beat their record once again to progress to the Champions League final as no team in European Cup/Champions League history has ever come back from losing the first leg of a knockout round 5-2, the stakes are even higher this time as they come up against an unbeaten Liverpool side. However, teams like Barcelona and Deportivo have proven it’s possible. It would take something special to achieve that feat. Let’s see how it pans out.