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Do Roma Have Any Chance At All?

Do Roma Have Any Chance At All?

Never in the history of the Champions League happened that a team managed to progress after a 2-0 home defeat. That stat in itself is daunting enough for Roma I think.

Add to it the fact that Manchester United have won their last 10 home games in the Champions League, equalling Juventus's record and you will have an idea about how improbable it is that Roma will turn the quarter-final on its head after a 2-0 reverse at home.

Of course, United have lost games at Old Trafford in Europe. It does not happen very often but it happens and it gives a glimmer of hope to Roma. But let's have a look at these defeats.

1996/97: Manchester United-Fenerbahce 0-1
1996/97: Manchester United-Juventus 0-1
1996/97: Manchester United-Borussia Dortmund 0-1
1999/00: Manchester United-Real Madrid 2-3
2000/01: Manchester United-Bayern Munich 0-1
2001/02: Manchester United-Deportivo La Coruna 2-3
2004/05: Manchester United-AC Milan 0-1

None of these results would send Roma through to the semi-finals. And most of these defeats were down to rash all-out attacking thus leaving ourselves extremely vulnerable on the break which these opponents punished savagely, especially Real Madrid in 2000.

But this time, we are as good as through and it is Roma who will have to leave themselves open to United's counter-attacks.

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Writer:Zae
Date:Thursday April 3 2008
Time: 4:10PM

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I wish we punished them more cruelly in the last 20 minutes. Could and should have scored another two which would have enabled us to rest the big names in the second leg. But we are as good as through, no question.
midlothian99
03/04/2008 16:14:00
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If Roma manage to take the lead than I'm sure that it would be a completely different game.
Vartkes
03/04/2008 16:16:00
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Maybe, but still a game United will win.
Tosswink
03/04/2008 16:18:00
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would be the biggest comeback since deportivo's 4-0 win over milan... and it's even more unlikely than that was
Vidicinho
03/04/2008 16:19:00
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I don't think so! I can't see them winning at the Old Trafford!
Fan of Blues
03/04/2008 16:21:00
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In fact, Im so confident im going to disguise myself as a player to get a game. I wonder who I can get away with replacing...?
Tosswink
03/04/2008 16:21:00
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i'd suggest park if you can do the amount of running he did...
Vidicinho
03/04/2008 16:24:00
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Hmm, not so great at running, but i'd give it a shot. I'd certainly help with the verbal discouragement of the opposing team!
Tosswink
03/04/2008 16:27:00
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They would not understand you. I suggest you try and disguise yourself as a Roma player: nobody will notice the difference between you and any one of the eleven who started at Old Trafford a year ago.
midlothian99
03/04/2008 16:30:00
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So long as I don't need to speak Italian... Though I would be worried about discovering some long buried footballing ability and scoring a winning goal... Maybe it'd be best if I just stayed on the bench. Hmm, wonder which bench warmer I could disguise myself as...?
Tosswink
03/04/2008 16:35:00
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