Real Madrid vs Roma Champions League 1/8 second leg preview and predictions.
Roma travels to Madrid and San Bernabeu stadium to try to turn a disadvantage against Real Madrid after losing the first match of these two at home at Stadio Olympico with 0-2.
Roma and Real Madrid have played against each other eight times previously in the UEFA Champions League and it is seemingly evenly between the teams where of Roma have won three of the matches and Real Madrid four of them.
Watch Highlights here from Roma vs Real Madrid 1st leg
Real Madrid CF
What awaits Roma is definitely not a team with lazy superstars which media has been described Real Madrid recently. Real Madrid won the latest match in the La Liga at home against Celta Vigo with 7-1 and Cristiano Ronaldo accounted for 4 goals. Real Madrid with coach Zinedine Zidane seems to disprove every little doubt that seems to pop up. Real Madrid on the other hand has not achieved what is expected by them in La Liga and are in on the 3rd place behind their two arch-rivals Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona whom tops the league. Real Madrid is the club that is expected to win everything there is to win, but if the Real Madrid will advance to the quarterfinals, the stars could probably get some peace a small period of time. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale scored goals in the match against Celta Vigo lately in the league and the chance to score goals against Roma will definitely be there. Question marks before the match is if Toni Kroos and Luca Modric will be ready to play this week’s Champions League match. Karim Benzema will be out due to injury. The question now is whether Zinedine Zidane with his star-studded Real Madrid will shine at home at San Bernabeu and prove that his squad always will be to count with in the Champions League.
Reported injuries Real Madrid:
- Not playing; – Arbeloa.
- Not playing; (hamstring injury) Karim – Benzema.
- Doubtful; – Toni Kroos.
- Doubtful; (injured Ankle) – Luca Modrić.
Roma now face a tough task in to win against Real Madrid away at San Bernabeu if they would like to advance through the 1/8 final of the Champions League. It sounds like a hard task but Roma are not going to give anything away to Real Madrid according to AS Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi in a statement to the press. The AS Roma who play in one of the most tactical leagues Serie A may explain Alessandro Florenzis statement, and a verbal warning addressed Real Madrid, could be a part of the tactic before the Champions league match between these two clubs which possesses a high amount of attitude. Roma tops the serie A in scoring goals , 59 goals in 28 matches in writing moment. Roma is on a steady third place behind Napoli and the leader Juventus in serie A, but with three games less played than Juventus. Roma has succeeded to place themselves on a good spot in the seria A table so they can have time and focus for the Champions League. AS Roma haven’t the same pressure on themselves to always win like Real Madrid constantly has. Roma going to have a ‘nothing to lose’ attitude brought to the match, which is a beneficial psychological advantage. Roma easily has the capacity in being able to turn upside down on the stars of Real Madrid shortly said.
Reported Injuries AS Roma:
- Not playing; (Knee injury) – Capradossi
- Not playing; (Calf injury) – De Rossi
AS Roma will play defensive football in the early phase of the match and play offensively mostly in form of solid situations as corners and free kicks. Real Madrid will also step into the match carefully the first half and wait out AS Roma. AS Roma are going to be forced to take the initiative which will result in a match picture full of free kicks, yellow cards and corners. This match will bring goals, especially in the second half when Roma more or less are going to be forced to score and it will open up their defense for the opponent. Real Madrid are not going to be in a situation they can relax in more that they have to play at their highest level in avoiding Italian surprises.
The vikings picks for this game:
Real Madrid– Roma, 2-2 @ 16.00
Both teams to score, YES @ 1.63
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.5
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