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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

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
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03/04/2008 16:14:00

If Roma manage to take the lead than I'm sure that it would be a completely different game.
Vartkes
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03/04/2008 16:16:00

Maybe, but still a game United will win.
Tosswink
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03/04/2008 16:18:00

would be the biggest comeback since deportivo's 4-0 win over milan... and it's even more unlikely than that was
Vidicinho
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03/04/2008 16:19:00

I don't think so! I can't see them winning at the Old Trafford!
Fan of Blues
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03/04/2008 16:21:00

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
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03/04/2008 16:21:00

i'd suggest park if you can do the amount of running he did...
Vidicinho
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03/04/2008 16:24:00

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
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03/04/2008 16:27:00

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
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03/04/2008 16:30:00

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
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03/04/2008 16:35:00

Just say you are Louis Saha and have a special face injury which transformed your appearance beyond recognition. The stewards will believe you, I'm sure.
midlothian99
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03/04/2008 16:36:00

I don't have to dress... French, do I?
Tosswink
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03/04/2008 17:00:00

No but you have to learn a couple of carefully chosen swear words in French.
midlothian99
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03/04/2008 17:03:00

Merde! I pretty sure that's French for Liverpool...
Tosswink
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03/04/2008 17:06:00

Well Roma are a top team. They are never out. It's unlikely that they would get a result but they have a good squad.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
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03/04/2008 17:25:00

roma are not a top team
rooneyisgod
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03/04/2008 21:17:00

they are not a top team (like Barca, Inter or Real...etc....) but they are very very very qulity and good
Bosko-Macedonia
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03/04/2008 21:52:00

What do you base that on rooneyisgod? Because that just sounds like ignorance. In Serie A, Roma are respected as one of the toughest teams to play and are always up around the top of the table come the end of the season. They're performing better than Milan and they put you out last year... Any side in the Champions League have a level of quality. Roma are well above average even for the CL. I think you will go through but showing such utter disrespect is shameful.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
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04/04/2008 00:03:00

Roma are a very good team. No one pay attention to rooney. Anyway back on topic, Pique or O'Shea to fill in. Pique needs games.
Paulinho
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04/04/2008 00:21:00

I think Pique would entail more risk but with the two away goals, I don't see why you wouldn't play him - he has looked solid. Is he on your CL roster?
The_Legend_Of_Zola
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04/04/2008 01:22:00

Roma are a decent side and an early Roma goal could really unsettle us.I think we'll still go through but to claim Roma are a bad side is utter arrogance.And then we wonder why there are somany ABU'S.
java
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04/04/2008 01:27:00

No one said they are bad. It's just that they are not a top team: they are in the second tier of European football, behind United, Chelsea, Real (even though they knocked them out this time), Barcelona. Just look at their squad, it's quite thin. They are a quality team though and deserve credit, operating from a relatively small budget.
midlothian99
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04/04/2008 09:04:00

yeah he is on our roster, he scored against roma at the away match in the group stage earlier! id try pique, keep joh oshea as our ever reliable utiliy man. ps - gotta agree with rooneyisgod, roma are not the team everyone plays them up to be. i mean im not being arrogant but ive seen them first hand a number of times recently and they are so defnsivly inept and without totti they arent much of a goal threeat either. they are a good team, but great? no. ps - stop giving rooneyisgod a hardtime, he has more right to comment here than you zola
united4life
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04/04/2008 14:07:00

Not a chance of them scoring 3 to win the tie. I wouldn't rule out roma winning the game by the odd goal though, they have nothing to lose.
GThomas
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04/04/2008 14:10:00

united4life - you very obviously don't watch much in the way of Italian football and I would say that unless you do, you shouldn't judge a team, particularly not based on CL performances alone. Otherwise, to foreigners, Liverpool would have to be England's best side!
The_Legend_Of_Zola
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04/04/2008 15:39:00

well all i can say zola is that if they have failed to perform against us 5 times in the last year and a bit (i count the 2-1 loss aswell, for a team with one extra man they werent awe-inspiting) how can they be considred world class? like i said a good team, but never a serious CL contender IMO.
united4life
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04/04/2008 17:41:00

i mean i have confidence in my team, but im sure if we had played barcelona or r.madrid 5 times in the last year, we weould have seen some much better football surely. no?
united4life
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04/04/2008 17:43:00

guys... let's not forget that Roma knocked out RealMadrid just a month ago... even AC Milan lost to them in Serie A... but they are much more weaker compared with us.
Star 3000
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04/04/2008 19:05:00

GThomas,they only have to score two and win on peno's.It won't happen but i've seen stranger things in football.I'd love to give the ****s a good hiding after reading that**** Pizarro's comments.
java
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04/04/2008 19:26:00

cleary roma are not a bad team but they are not a top team like man utd
rooneyisgod
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04/04/2008 21:23:00

 

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