Napoli-Milan

Grande partita al San Paolo nella 13esima giornata di Serie A.

Milan Badelj potrebbe esserci contro il Napoli. Il centrocampista della Fiorentina ha dato segnali incoraggianti nell’ultimo allenamento.
Badelj tenta il recupero: potrebbe esserci contro il Napoli
Milan Badelj potrebbe esserci contro il Napoli. Il centrocampista della Fiorentina ha dato segnali incoraggianti nell’ultimo allenamento.
<p>Mattia De Sciglio, in Napoli-Milan 3-0 del 3 maggio 2015 fu espulso dopo soli 42 secondi di gioco. Il record precedente apparteneva a Luis Oliveira, cacciato dall’arbitro dopo 50 secondi in una Reggina-Cagliari del 1999. (foto: Twitter) </p>
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Mattia De Sciglio, in Napoli-Milan 3-0 del 3 maggio 2015 fu espulso dopo soli 42 secondi di gioco. Il record precedente apparteneva a Luis Oliveira, cacciato dall’arbitro dopo 50 secondi in una Reggina-Cagliari del 1999. (foto: Twitter)

Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco&#39;s side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn&#39;t make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona&#39;s 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona&#39;s two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona&#39;s two forwards. The threat of Liverpool&#39;s forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko&#39;s path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can&#39;t go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko&#39;s movement off the ball. Klopp&#39;s side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a &quot;it had to be him&quot; line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and &#39;amazing&#39; Mohamed Salah &quot;Last year I scored 39 goals,&quot; Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. &quot;This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven&#39;t been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season&#39;s Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs&#39; crossing ability and Dzeko&#39;s quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp&#39;s difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma&#39;s full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool&#39;s Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp&#39;s heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it&#39;s basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco&#39;s team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona&#39;s setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn&#39;t Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I&#39;m expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that&#39;s the point. Roma shouldn&#39;t be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn&#39;t the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp&#39;s side haven&#39;t conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma vs Liverpool: Where will the Champions League semi-final first leg be won and lost?
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco's side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn't make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona's 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona's two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona's two forwards. The threat of Liverpool's forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko's path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can't go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko's movement off the ball. Klopp's side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a "it had to be him" line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and 'amazing' Mohamed Salah "Last year I scored 39 goals," Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. "This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven't been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season's Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs' crossing ability and Dzeko's quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp's difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma's full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool's Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp's heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it's basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco's team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona's setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn't Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that's the point. Roma shouldn't be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn't the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp's side haven't conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco&#39;s side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn&#39;t make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona&#39;s 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona&#39;s two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona&#39;s two forwards. The threat of Liverpool&#39;s forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko&#39;s path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can&#39;t go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko&#39;s movement off the ball. Klopp&#39;s side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a &quot;it had to be him&quot; line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and &#39;amazing&#39; Mohamed Salah &quot;Last year I scored 39 goals,&quot; Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. &quot;This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven&#39;t been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season&#39;s Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs&#39; crossing ability and Dzeko&#39;s quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp&#39;s difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma&#39;s full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool&#39;s Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp&#39;s heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it&#39;s basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco&#39;s team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona&#39;s setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn&#39;t Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I&#39;m expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that&#39;s the point. Roma shouldn&#39;t be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn&#39;t the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp&#39;s side haven&#39;t conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma vs Liverpool: Where will the Champions League semi-final first leg be won and lost?
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco's side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn't make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona's 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona's two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona's two forwards. The threat of Liverpool's forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko's path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can't go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko's movement off the ball. Klopp's side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a "it had to be him" line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and 'amazing' Mohamed Salah "Last year I scored 39 goals," Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. "This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven't been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season's Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs' crossing ability and Dzeko's quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp's difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma's full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool's Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp's heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it's basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco's team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona's setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn't Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that's the point. Roma shouldn't be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn't the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp's side haven't conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco&#39;s side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn&#39;t make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona&#39;s 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona&#39;s two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona&#39;s two forwards. The threat of Liverpool&#39;s forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko&#39;s path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can&#39;t go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko&#39;s movement off the ball. Klopp&#39;s side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a &quot;it had to be him&quot; line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and &#39;amazing&#39; Mohamed Salah &quot;Last year I scored 39 goals,&quot; Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. &quot;This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven&#39;t been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season&#39;s Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs&#39; crossing ability and Dzeko&#39;s quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp&#39;s difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma&#39;s full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool&#39;s Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp&#39;s heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it&#39;s basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco&#39;s team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona&#39;s setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn&#39;t Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I&#39;m expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that&#39;s the point. Roma shouldn&#39;t be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn&#39;t the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp&#39;s side haven&#39;t conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma vs Liverpool: Where will the Champions League semi-final first leg be won and lost?
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco's side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn't make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona's 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona's two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona's two forwards. The threat of Liverpool's forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko's path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can't go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko's movement off the ball. Klopp's side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a "it had to be him" line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and 'amazing' Mohamed Salah "Last year I scored 39 goals," Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. "This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven't been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season's Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs' crossing ability and Dzeko's quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp's difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma's full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool's Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp's heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it's basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco's team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona's setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn't Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that's the point. Roma shouldn't be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn't the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp's side haven't conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco&#39;s side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn&#39;t make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona&#39;s 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona&#39;s two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona&#39;s two forwards. The threat of Liverpool&#39;s forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko&#39;s path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can&#39;t go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko&#39;s movement off the ball. Klopp&#39;s side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a &quot;it had to be him&quot; line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and &#39;amazing&#39; Mohamed Salah &quot;Last year I scored 39 goals,&quot; Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. &quot;This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven&#39;t been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season&#39;s Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs&#39; crossing ability and Dzeko&#39;s quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp&#39;s difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma&#39;s full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool&#39;s Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp&#39;s heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it&#39;s basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco&#39;s team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona&#39;s setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn&#39;t Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I&#39;m expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that&#39;s the point. Roma shouldn&#39;t be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn&#39;t the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp&#39;s side haven&#39;t conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma vs Liverpool: Where will the Champions League semi-final first leg be won and lost?
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco's side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn't make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona's 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona's two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona's two forwards. The threat of Liverpool's forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko's path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can't go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko's movement off the ball. Klopp's side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a "it had to be him" line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and 'amazing' Mohamed Salah "Last year I scored 39 goals," Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. "This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven't been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season's Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs' crossing ability and Dzeko's quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp's difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma's full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool's Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp's heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it's basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco's team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona's setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn't Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that's the point. Roma shouldn't be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn't the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp's side haven't conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco&#39;s side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn&#39;t make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona&#39;s 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona&#39;s two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona&#39;s two forwards. The threat of Liverpool&#39;s forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko&#39;s path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can&#39;t go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko&#39;s movement off the ball. Klopp&#39;s side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a &quot;it had to be him&quot; line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and &#39;amazing&#39; Mohamed Salah &quot;Last year I scored 39 goals,&quot; Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. &quot;This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven&#39;t been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season&#39;s Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs&#39; crossing ability and Dzeko&#39;s quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp&#39;s difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma&#39;s full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool&#39;s Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp&#39;s heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it&#39;s basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco&#39;s team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona&#39;s setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn&#39;t Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I&#39;m expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that&#39;s the point. Roma shouldn&#39;t be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn&#39;t the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp&#39;s side haven&#39;t conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma vs Liverpool: Where will the Champions League semi-final first leg be won and lost?
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco's side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn't make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona's 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona's two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona's two forwards. The threat of Liverpool's forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko's path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can't go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko's movement off the ball. Klopp's side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a "it had to be him" line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and 'amazing' Mohamed Salah "Last year I scored 39 goals," Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. "This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven't been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season's Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs' crossing ability and Dzeko's quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp's difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma's full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool's Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp's heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it's basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco's team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona's setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn't Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that's the point. Roma shouldn't be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn't the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp's side haven't conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco&#39;s side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn&#39;t make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona&#39;s 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona&#39;s two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona&#39;s two forwards. The threat of Liverpool&#39;s forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko&#39;s path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can&#39;t go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko&#39;s movement off the ball. Klopp&#39;s side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a &quot;it had to be him&quot; line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and &#39;amazing&#39; Mohamed Salah &quot;Last year I scored 39 goals,&quot; Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. &quot;This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven&#39;t been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season&#39;s Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs&#39; crossing ability and Dzeko&#39;s quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp&#39;s difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma&#39;s full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool&#39;s Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp&#39;s heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it&#39;s basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco&#39;s team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona&#39;s setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn&#39;t Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I&#39;m expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that&#39;s the point. Roma shouldn&#39;t be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn&#39;t the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp&#39;s side haven&#39;t conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma vs Liverpool: Where will the Champions League semi-final first leg be won and lost?
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco's side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn't make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona's 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona's two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona's two forwards. The threat of Liverpool's forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko's path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can't go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko's movement off the ball. Klopp's side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a "it had to be him" line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and 'amazing' Mohamed Salah "Last year I scored 39 goals," Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. "This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven't been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season's Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs' crossing ability and Dzeko's quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp's difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma's full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool's Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp's heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it's basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco's team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona's setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn't Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that's the point. Roma shouldn't be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn't the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp's side haven't conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco&#39;s side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn&#39;t make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona&#39;s 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona&#39;s two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona&#39;s two forwards. The threat of Liverpool&#39;s forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko&#39;s path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can&#39;t go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko&#39;s movement off the ball. Klopp&#39;s side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a &quot;it had to be him&quot; line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and &#39;amazing&#39; Mohamed Salah &quot;Last year I scored 39 goals,&quot; Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. &quot;This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven&#39;t been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season&#39;s Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs&#39; crossing ability and Dzeko&#39;s quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp&#39;s difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma&#39;s full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool&#39;s Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp&#39;s heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it&#39;s basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco&#39;s team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona&#39;s setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn&#39;t Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I&#39;m expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that&#39;s the point. Roma shouldn&#39;t be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn&#39;t the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp&#39;s side haven&#39;t conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma vs Liverpool: Where will the Champions League semi-final first leg be won and lost?
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco's side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn't make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona's 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona's two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona's two forwards. The threat of Liverpool's forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko's path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can't go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko's movement off the ball. Klopp's side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a "it had to be him" line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and 'amazing' Mohamed Salah "Last year I scored 39 goals," Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. "This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven't been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season's Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs' crossing ability and Dzeko's quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp's difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma's full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool's Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp's heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it's basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco's team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona's setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn't Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that's the point. Roma shouldn't be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn't the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp's side haven't conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco&#39;s side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn&#39;t make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona&#39;s 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona&#39;s two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona&#39;s two forwards. The threat of Liverpool&#39;s forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko&#39;s path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can&#39;t go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko&#39;s movement off the ball. Klopp&#39;s side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a &quot;it had to be him&quot; line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and &#39;amazing&#39; Mohamed Salah &quot;Last year I scored 39 goals,&quot; Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. &quot;This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven&#39;t been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season&#39;s Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs&#39; crossing ability and Dzeko&#39;s quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp&#39;s difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma&#39;s full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool&#39;s Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp&#39;s heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it&#39;s basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco&#39;s team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona&#39;s setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn&#39;t Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I&#39;m expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that&#39;s the point. Roma shouldn&#39;t be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn&#39;t the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp&#39;s side haven&#39;t conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Roma vs Liverpool: Where will the Champions League semi-final first leg be won and lost?
Roma have only played in one European Cup semi-final in their history. They won! Then they lost to Liverpool in the final in 1984. Now is the chance for revenge. We know Liverpool will attack in their flame-thrower 4-3-3 style but what threat do Roma pose? How did they beat Barcelona? Where will the game be won and lost? How Roma play Eusebio Di Francesco was a hardworking, clever and determined midfielder in his playing days and his Roma team reflect that, full of energy, neat and tidy on the ball and tactically flexible. If the team they are playing against builds from the back, as Chelsea did in a 3-0 defeat to Di Francesco's side earlier in the season, Roma press high and try to capitalise on mistakes made by hounding players on the ball. When the opposition manage to get past their press, they fall back, get tight and force the ball wide, trusting the centre-backs to head away any crosses into the area. When they have the ball, they like to keep it. Roma have a 56 per cent average share of possession in Serie A, the second highest in the league behind only Napoli - Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League on 57.3 per cent - and like Klopp, De Francesco prefers a 4-3-3. di francesco and klopp How Roma might play against Liverpool However, Roma very nearly didn't make it to this stage of the competition. At 4-1 down from the first leg against Barcelona, they looked beaten. Di Francesco made a tactical switch that changed the tie. How Roma (light blue, left) lined up against Barcelona Credit: OPTA Roma played a 3-5-2 for the first time this season. It changed during the game, becoming a 5-4-1 defensive shape and 3-2-5/3-4-2-1 attacking shape against Barcelona's 4-4-2 diamond, allowing them to gain numerical superiority in midfield and an overload in attack, while maintaining defensive cover. Roma (light blue) average attacking positions Credit: OPTA Historically, the three man defence evolved in Italy as a solution to two striker systems and with Lionel Messi partnering Luis Suarez upfront for Barca, worked again. One of the keys to the system working was the movement of Radja Nainggolan (number four in the graphic above), a battling, hugely talented midfielder who has provided seven assists in Serie A this season. Depending on the phase of play he would either add midfield steel alongside Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, help out the left of midfield or attack the left half-space behind Dzeko in a more advanced position. Roma shifted from a 3-5-2 in defence to a 3-2-5 in attack With Aleksandr Kolarov helping stretch the pitch on the left, and Alessandro Florenzi the right, this created space for Dzeko and Patrik Schick to attack in central areas. It effectively became three Roma forwards and two wingers vs Barcelona's two centre-backs, while Roma had three centre-backs vs Barcelona's two forwards. The threat of Liverpool's forward three will concern Di Francesco and we could see this same formation on Tuesday to allow the Roma defence to go man for man on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, with additional protection coming from the wing-backs. More of a five than a three. The switch to 3-5-2 was an attacking one though, brought about by a need to somehow score three against Barcelona. It seems likely that Di Francesco will adopt a more defensive version of his preferred 4-3-3 at Anfield, shifting to a deep 4-5-1 when Liverpool have the ball. Going direct Although Roma prefer a short passing, patient build-up approach, in the second leg against Barcelona they mixed this up with long direct balls over the defence for Edin Dzeko to either take down, or chase. They did it in the sixth minute of the second leg against Barcelona. De Rossi spotted the forward run and knocked it into Dzeko's path. Nainggolan and Schick lurk behind him, with the wing-backs high up the pitch on either side. The Barcelona full-backs can't go tight on the advanced Roma wing-backs because it creates space for the three Roma forwards - Barca are totally outnumbered. Dzeko controlled brilliantly and then showed the strength and (surprisingly) pace to carry the ball past the defence and bundle it past the goalkeeper with a tidy finish. The comeback was on. Liverpool will push higher up the pitch than Barca did here and must be alert to Dzeko's movement off the ball. Klopp's side have been much stronger defensively, particularly when dealing with aerial battles, since Virgil Van Dijk was introduced to the first team but Roma could target Dejan Lovren with crosses from wide. The defender can be guilty of lapses in concentration. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma How Roma create goalscoring chances Some commentators will already have prepared a "it had to be him" line for a Mo Salah goal against his former club in this fixture and the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will feature heavily. Salah scored 15 goals and assisted 11 in Serie A last season from the wide right position in a 4-2-3-1, supplying 2.3 key passes per game. Edin Dzeko, the man with the gift for proving people wrong, is prepared for Liverpool and 'amazing' Mohamed Salah "Last year I scored 39 goals," Edin Dzeko told Paul Hayward in his recent interview with Telegraph Sport. "This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for [Salah] that he left - but we are missing him.” Roma haven't been able to directly replace Salah and miss those 15 goals as a result, but the current side is a little more balanced, sharing the responsibility of creating more evenly than when they had Salah. What differs most clearly from last season's Roma is that more of the attacking impetus comes from the full-backs The majority of their play goes down either wing (39 per cent left and 34 per cent right on average in Serie A) and has meant that Kolarov - that same slowish looking reserve at Man City - has made 2.4 key passes per game and seven assists in Serie A, while right-back Florenzi has 1.4 key passes per game and five assists in Serie A. This is Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Roma (left) attacking thirds in a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in March Credit: OPTA And this is from the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in September: Roma (left) attacking thirds vs Atletico Madrid in a 0-0 draw in September Credit: OPTA Losing the ball in wide areas is (in theory) less dangerous than doing so in central positions. Focusing attacking play down the wings is a way for Roma to minimise risk but something which makes use of the wing-backs' crossing ability and Dzeko's quality as a penalty box poacher. This is Klopp's difficult tactical decision: does he make Salah and Mane track back to stop Roma's full-backs from crossing at source, or have them push high up the pitch to try and keep Kolarov and Florenzi from being able to get forward? Either way, Dzeko is a big threat and the centre-backs must stay switched on throughout. Where Roma are vulnerable Liverpool's Fab Three are brilliant individually and as a unit, capable of taking apart the very best. Anfield will be loud, the players will be pumped and this is perfect fuel for Klopp's heavy metal football machine. When everyone is at full pelt, it's basically impossible to stop them from scoring. 2003/04: Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan 2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 PSG 2017/18: Roma 3-0 Barcelona This is only the third time in Champions League history that a team has overturned a three-goal deficit in a knockout game. HISTORY! Incredible scenes in Rome �� pic.twitter.com/tSuz1ftPL4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018 Di Francesco's team did manage to keep Lionel Messi quiet in the return leg of their quarter-final but Barcelona's setup left him stranded alongside Suarez as Roma dominated the midfield. Salah can dribble in tight spaces, create goals out of nothing, is small and left-footed but he isn't Messi and will need to drop back to defend the right channel when required, especially considering Kolarov represents one of their biggest threats. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final And that's the point. Roma shouldn't be underestimated but they have weaknesses. Kolarov isn't the best defender Europe has ever seen and should be targeted with passes into Salah. Florenzi can be caught too. Liverpool must use their terrifying attack as a form of defence. Klopp's side haven't conceded a goal in their previous four home Champions League matches, Roma have lost their last three away Champions League matches. Barring any big surprises, Liverpool should take a lead away from this match.
Kalidou Koulibaly scored a late winner to help Napoli win 1-0 at Juventus and reignite the Serie A title race on Sunday. Napoli trailed Juventus by six points last weekend but the Bianconeri drew at Crotone midweek, and two straight wins for Maurizio Sarri&#39;s team slashed the lead to a solitary point with four rounds left. &quot;We have always believed in the title, we have to continue like this and believe in ourselves until the end,&quot; Koulibaly said. It was Juve&#39;s first league defeat at home since a 2-1 loss to Lazio in October. Its last Serie A defeat in Turin before that was in August 2015. &quot;Winning here was practically mission impossible, we can be happy because we have played against a great team which hasn&#39;t lost at home for so long,&quot; Koulibaly said. Juventus arguably has the tougher run-in as it faces Champions League-chasing Inter and Roma as well as Bologna and Hellas Verona. &quot;Yet another twist in the most compelling of Serie A seasons!&quot; • Tears of joy �� • Limbs everywhere �� • Fist pumping �� Just look at what it means to Napoli after a massive, massive win in Turin. pic.twitter.com/TjwrYsLx0K— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 22 April 2018 Napoli plays Fiorentina, Torino, Sampdoria and Crotone. &quot;We mustn&#39;t make calculations, they&#39;re useless,&quot; Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. &quot;We just have to put this defeat behind us and prepare for the match in Milan. &quot;It&#39;s true that Napoli is favorite because of the fixture list but matches have to be won. I have seen a lot in football ... anything can happen.&quot; Earlier, Ciro Immobile scored twice as Lazio beat Sampdoria 4-0 to keep pace with Roma and ahead of Inter Milan in the race for Champions League spots. Lazio remained level on points with third-place Roma and a point ahead of Inter, which struggled but won 2-1 at Chievo Verona. None of the teams can catch either Napoli or Juventus. Maurizio Sarri leads the celebrations on the touchline Credit: Reuters Napoli were aiming to boost its dream of a first title since Diego Maradona led the southern club to its only two Serie A championships in 1987 and 1990. Around 2,000 fans had escorted the team bus to the airport in Naples on Saturday. &quot;Tonight is a feeling that only those who have been with us since yesterday can fully understand,&quot; Sarri said. &quot;It&#39;s an enormous satisfaction. We are the only team which represents an entire population, because we are the only one which comes from a big city that only has one team. &quot;We gave our fans a huge joy today that goes above and beyond the standings.&quot; Abbiamo vinto �� &#9917;️ #JuveNapoli 0-1 pic.twitter.com/gfOIe5DyNz— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) 22 April 2018 Juventus was dealt an early blow when key defender Giorgio Chiellini limped off in the 10th minute and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner. Allegri later revealed Chiellini would miss Saturday&#39;s match at Inter. Napoli pressed high but struggled to find a way through the Bianconeri back line and it was Juventus which went closest in the 17th minute as Miralem Pjanic&#39;s free kick took a deflection off Jose Callejon to leave Pepe Reina stranded but the ball bounced off the right post. The Allianz Stadium was briefly silenced shortly before halftime when Lorenzo Insigne had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside. Napoli was camped out in the Juventus half for much of the second period but never really tested Gianluigi Buffon until Koulibaly headed in a corner in the 89th minute.
Tears of joy as Napoli reignite Serie A title race with last-gasp win at Juventus
Kalidou Koulibaly scored a late winner to help Napoli win 1-0 at Juventus and reignite the Serie A title race on Sunday. Napoli trailed Juventus by six points last weekend but the Bianconeri drew at Crotone midweek, and two straight wins for Maurizio Sarri's team slashed the lead to a solitary point with four rounds left. "We have always believed in the title, we have to continue like this and believe in ourselves until the end," Koulibaly said. It was Juve's first league defeat at home since a 2-1 loss to Lazio in October. Its last Serie A defeat in Turin before that was in August 2015. "Winning here was practically mission impossible, we can be happy because we have played against a great team which hasn't lost at home for so long," Koulibaly said. Juventus arguably has the tougher run-in as it faces Champions League-chasing Inter and Roma as well as Bologna and Hellas Verona. "Yet another twist in the most compelling of Serie A seasons!" • Tears of joy �� • Limbs everywhere �� • Fist pumping �� Just look at what it means to Napoli after a massive, massive win in Turin. pic.twitter.com/TjwrYsLx0K— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 22 April 2018 Napoli plays Fiorentina, Torino, Sampdoria and Crotone. "We mustn't make calculations, they're useless," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "We just have to put this defeat behind us and prepare for the match in Milan. "It's true that Napoli is favorite because of the fixture list but matches have to be won. I have seen a lot in football ... anything can happen." Earlier, Ciro Immobile scored twice as Lazio beat Sampdoria 4-0 to keep pace with Roma and ahead of Inter Milan in the race for Champions League spots. Lazio remained level on points with third-place Roma and a point ahead of Inter, which struggled but won 2-1 at Chievo Verona. None of the teams can catch either Napoli or Juventus. Maurizio Sarri leads the celebrations on the touchline Credit: Reuters Napoli were aiming to boost its dream of a first title since Diego Maradona led the southern club to its only two Serie A championships in 1987 and 1990. Around 2,000 fans had escorted the team bus to the airport in Naples on Saturday. "Tonight is a feeling that only those who have been with us since yesterday can fully understand," Sarri said. "It's an enormous satisfaction. We are the only team which represents an entire population, because we are the only one which comes from a big city that only has one team. "We gave our fans a huge joy today that goes above and beyond the standings." Abbiamo vinto �� ⚽️ #JuveNapoli 0-1 pic.twitter.com/gfOIe5DyNz— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) 22 April 2018 Juventus was dealt an early blow when key defender Giorgio Chiellini limped off in the 10th minute and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner. Allegri later revealed Chiellini would miss Saturday's match at Inter. Napoli pressed high but struggled to find a way through the Bianconeri back line and it was Juventus which went closest in the 17th minute as Miralem Pjanic's free kick took a deflection off Jose Callejon to leave Pepe Reina stranded but the ball bounced off the right post. The Allianz Stadium was briefly silenced shortly before halftime when Lorenzo Insigne had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside. Napoli was camped out in the Juventus half for much of the second period but never really tested Gianluigi Buffon until Koulibaly headed in a corner in the 89th minute.
Kalidou Koulibaly scored a late winner to help Napoli win 1-0 at Juventus and reignite the Serie A title race on Sunday. Napoli trailed Juventus by six points last weekend but the Bianconeri drew at Crotone midweek, and two straight wins for Maurizio Sarri&#39;s team slashed the lead to a solitary point with four rounds left. &quot;We have always believed in the title, we have to continue like this and believe in ourselves until the end,&quot; Koulibaly said. It was Juve&#39;s first league defeat at home since a 2-1 loss to Lazio in October. Its last Serie A defeat in Turin before that was in August 2015. &quot;Winning here was practically mission impossible, we can be happy because we have played against a great team which hasn&#39;t lost at home for so long,&quot; Koulibaly said. Juventus arguably has the tougher run-in as it faces Champions League-chasing Inter and Roma as well as Bologna and Hellas Verona. &quot;Yet another twist in the most compelling of Serie A seasons!&quot; • Tears of joy �� • Limbs everywhere �� • Fist pumping �� Just look at what it means to Napoli after a massive, massive win in Turin. pic.twitter.com/TjwrYsLx0K— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 22 April 2018 Napoli plays Fiorentina, Torino, Sampdoria and Crotone. &quot;We mustn&#39;t make calculations, they&#39;re useless,&quot; Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. &quot;We just have to put this defeat behind us and prepare for the match in Milan. &quot;It&#39;s true that Napoli is favorite because of the fixture list but matches have to be won. I have seen a lot in football ... anything can happen.&quot; Earlier, Ciro Immobile scored twice as Lazio beat Sampdoria 4-0 to keep pace with Roma and ahead of Inter Milan in the race for Champions League spots. Lazio remained level on points with third-place Roma and a point ahead of Inter, which struggled but won 2-1 at Chievo Verona. None of the teams can catch either Napoli or Juventus. Maurizio Sarri leads the celebrations on the touchline Credit: Reuters Napoli were aiming to boost its dream of a first title since Diego Maradona led the southern club to its only two Serie A championships in 1987 and 1990. Around 2,000 fans had escorted the team bus to the airport in Naples on Saturday. &quot;Tonight is a feeling that only those who have been with us since yesterday can fully understand,&quot; Sarri said. &quot;It&#39;s an enormous satisfaction. We are the only team which represents an entire population, because we are the only one which comes from a big city that only has one team. &quot;We gave our fans a huge joy today that goes above and beyond the standings.&quot; Abbiamo vinto �� &#9917;️ #JuveNapoli 0-1 pic.twitter.com/gfOIe5DyNz— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) 22 April 2018 Juventus was dealt an early blow when key defender Giorgio Chiellini limped off in the 10th minute and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner. Allegri later revealed Chiellini would miss Saturday&#39;s match at Inter. Napoli pressed high but struggled to find a way through the Bianconeri back line and it was Juventus which went closest in the 17th minute as Miralem Pjanic&#39;s free kick took a deflection off Jose Callejon to leave Pepe Reina stranded but the ball bounced off the right post. The Allianz Stadium was briefly silenced shortly before halftime when Lorenzo Insigne had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside. Napoli was camped out in the Juventus half for much of the second period but never really tested Gianluigi Buffon until Koulibaly headed in a corner in the 89th minute.
Tears of joy as Napoli reignite Serie A title race with last-gasp win at Juventus
Kalidou Koulibaly scored a late winner to help Napoli win 1-0 at Juventus and reignite the Serie A title race on Sunday. Napoli trailed Juventus by six points last weekend but the Bianconeri drew at Crotone midweek, and two straight wins for Maurizio Sarri's team slashed the lead to a solitary point with four rounds left. "We have always believed in the title, we have to continue like this and believe in ourselves until the end," Koulibaly said. It was Juve's first league defeat at home since a 2-1 loss to Lazio in October. Its last Serie A defeat in Turin before that was in August 2015. "Winning here was practically mission impossible, we can be happy because we have played against a great team which hasn't lost at home for so long," Koulibaly said. Juventus arguably has the tougher run-in as it faces Champions League-chasing Inter and Roma as well as Bologna and Hellas Verona. "Yet another twist in the most compelling of Serie A seasons!" • Tears of joy �� • Limbs everywhere �� • Fist pumping �� Just look at what it means to Napoli after a massive, massive win in Turin. pic.twitter.com/TjwrYsLx0K— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 22 April 2018 Napoli plays Fiorentina, Torino, Sampdoria and Crotone. "We mustn't make calculations, they're useless," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "We just have to put this defeat behind us and prepare for the match in Milan. "It's true that Napoli is favorite because of the fixture list but matches have to be won. I have seen a lot in football ... anything can happen." Earlier, Ciro Immobile scored twice as Lazio beat Sampdoria 4-0 to keep pace with Roma and ahead of Inter Milan in the race for Champions League spots. Lazio remained level on points with third-place Roma and a point ahead of Inter, which struggled but won 2-1 at Chievo Verona. None of the teams can catch either Napoli or Juventus. Maurizio Sarri leads the celebrations on the touchline Credit: Reuters Napoli were aiming to boost its dream of a first title since Diego Maradona led the southern club to its only two Serie A championships in 1987 and 1990. Around 2,000 fans had escorted the team bus to the airport in Naples on Saturday. "Tonight is a feeling that only those who have been with us since yesterday can fully understand," Sarri said. "It's an enormous satisfaction. We are the only team which represents an entire population, because we are the only one which comes from a big city that only has one team. "We gave our fans a huge joy today that goes above and beyond the standings." Abbiamo vinto �� ⚽️ #JuveNapoli 0-1 pic.twitter.com/gfOIe5DyNz— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) 22 April 2018 Juventus was dealt an early blow when key defender Giorgio Chiellini limped off in the 10th minute and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner. Allegri later revealed Chiellini would miss Saturday's match at Inter. Napoli pressed high but struggled to find a way through the Bianconeri back line and it was Juventus which went closest in the 17th minute as Miralem Pjanic's free kick took a deflection off Jose Callejon to leave Pepe Reina stranded but the ball bounced off the right post. The Allianz Stadium was briefly silenced shortly before halftime when Lorenzo Insigne had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside. Napoli was camped out in the Juventus half for much of the second period but never really tested Gianluigi Buffon until Koulibaly headed in a corner in the 89th minute.
Inter&#39;s Mauro Icardi, right, scores during a Serie A soccer match between Chievo and Inter Milan at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Napoli snatches 1-0 win at Juventus to reignite title race
Inter's Mauro Icardi, right, scores during a Serie A soccer match between Chievo and Inter Milan at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti sports a red sign on his face as part of an initiative aimed at raising public awareness of violence against women, prior to the Serie A soccer match between Inter and Chievo Verona, at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, April 22, 20018. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Napoli snatches 1-0 win at Juventus to reignite title race
Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti sports a red sign on his face as part of an initiative aimed at raising public awareness of violence against women, prior to the Serie A soccer match between Inter and Chievo Verona, at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, April 22, 20018. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Inter&#39;s Ivan Perisic, right, celebrates with his teammate Yann Karamoh after he scored during a Serie A soccer match between Chievo and Inter Milan at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Napoli snatches 1-0 win at Juventus to reignite title race
Inter's Ivan Perisic, right, celebrates with his teammate Yann Karamoh after he scored during a Serie A soccer match between Chievo and Inter Milan at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Lazio e Inter rispondono alla Roma e continuano la volata verso la zona Champions League. Più convincenti i biancocelesti che travolgono 4-0 la Sampdoria con le reti di Milinkovic Savic, De Vrij e la doppietta di Immobile e agganciano i cugini giallorossi al terzo posto. Un punto più indietro c&#39;è l&#39;Inter che soffre ma espugna Verona battendo il CHievo per 2-1 con Icardi e Perisic. Domenica positiva anche per l&#39;Atalanta che si impone per 2-1 sul Torino e scavalca al sesto posto in Milan. In coda il colpo è del Crotone che vince per 2-1 al Friuli in rimonta infliggendo all&#39;Udinese di Oddo l&#39;11esima sconfitta di fila e trascina anche i bianconeri nella lotta per non retrocedere. Nell&#39;anticipo delle 12.30 0-0 tra Cagliari e Bologna. Stasera la sfida scudetto Juve-Napoli domani a chiudere il turno Genoa-Verona
Serie A: non si fermano Lazio e Inter
Lazio e Inter rispondono alla Roma e continuano la volata verso la zona Champions League. Più convincenti i biancocelesti che travolgono 4-0 la Sampdoria con le reti di Milinkovic Savic, De Vrij e la doppietta di Immobile e agganciano i cugini giallorossi al terzo posto. Un punto più indietro c'è l'Inter che soffre ma espugna Verona battendo il CHievo per 2-1 con Icardi e Perisic. Domenica positiva anche per l'Atalanta che si impone per 2-1 sul Torino e scavalca al sesto posto in Milan. In coda il colpo è del Crotone che vince per 2-1 al Friuli in rimonta infliggendo all'Udinese di Oddo l'11esima sconfitta di fila e trascina anche i bianconeri nella lotta per non retrocedere. Nell'anticipo delle 12.30 0-0 tra Cagliari e Bologna. Stasera la sfida scudetto Juve-Napoli domani a chiudere il turno Genoa-Verona
Lazio e Inter rispondono alla Roma e continuano la volata verso la zona Champions League. Più convincenti i biancocelesti che travolgono 4-0 la Sampdoria con le reti di Milinkovic Savic, De Vrij e la doppietta di Immobile e agganciano i cugini giallorossi al terzo posto. Un punto più indietro c&#39;è l&#39;Inter che soffre ma espugna Verona battendo il CHievo per 2-1 con Icardi e Perisic. Domenica positiva anche per l&#39;Atalanta che si impone per 2-1 sul Torino e scavalca al sesto posto in Milan. In coda il colpo è del Crotone che vince per 2-1 al Friuli in rimonta infliggendo all&#39;Udinese di Oddo l&#39;11esima sconfitta di fila e trascina anche i bianconeri nella lotta per non retrocedere. Nell&#39;anticipo delle 12.30 0-0 tra Cagliari e Bologna. Stasera la sfida scudetto Juve-Napoli domani a chiudere il turno Genoa-Verona
Serie A: non si fermano Lazio e Inter
Lazio e Inter rispondono alla Roma e continuano la volata verso la zona Champions League. Più convincenti i biancocelesti che travolgono 4-0 la Sampdoria con le reti di Milinkovic Savic, De Vrij e la doppietta di Immobile e agganciano i cugini giallorossi al terzo posto. Un punto più indietro c'è l'Inter che soffre ma espugna Verona battendo il CHievo per 2-1 con Icardi e Perisic. Domenica positiva anche per l'Atalanta che si impone per 2-1 sul Torino e scavalca al sesto posto in Milan. In coda il colpo è del Crotone che vince per 2-1 al Friuli in rimonta infliggendo all'Udinese di Oddo l'11esima sconfitta di fila e trascina anche i bianconeri nella lotta per non retrocedere. Nell'anticipo delle 12.30 0-0 tra Cagliari e Bologna. Stasera la sfida scudetto Juve-Napoli domani a chiudere il turno Genoa-Verona
Lazio e Inter rispondono alla Roma e continuano la volata verso la zona Champions League. Più convincenti i biancocelesti che travolgono 4-0 la Sampdoria con le reti di Milinkovic Savic, De Vrij e la doppietta di Immobile e agganciano i cugini giallorossi al terzo posto. Un punto più indietro c&#39;è l&#39;Inter che soffre ma espugna Verona battendo il CHievo per 2-1 con Icardi e Perisic. Domenica positiva anche per l&#39;Atalanta che si impone per 2-1 sul Torino e scavalca al sesto posto in Milan. In coda il colpo è del Crotone che vince per 2-1 al Friuli in rimonta infliggendo all&#39;Udinese di Oddo l&#39;11esima sconfitta di fila e trascina anche i bianconeri nella lotta per non retrocedere. Nell&#39;anticipo delle 12.30 0-0 tra Cagliari e Bologna. Stasera la sfida scudetto Juve-Napoli domani a chiudere il turno Genoa-Verona
Serie A: non si fermano Lazio e Inter
Lazio e Inter rispondono alla Roma e continuano la volata verso la zona Champions League. Più convincenti i biancocelesti che travolgono 4-0 la Sampdoria con le reti di Milinkovic Savic, De Vrij e la doppietta di Immobile e agganciano i cugini giallorossi al terzo posto. Un punto più indietro c'è l'Inter che soffre ma espugna Verona battendo il CHievo per 2-1 con Icardi e Perisic. Domenica positiva anche per l'Atalanta che si impone per 2-1 sul Torino e scavalca al sesto posto in Milan. In coda il colpo è del Crotone che vince per 2-1 al Friuli in rimonta infliggendo all'Udinese di Oddo l'11esima sconfitta di fila e trascina anche i bianconeri nella lotta per non retrocedere. Nell'anticipo delle 12.30 0-0 tra Cagliari e Bologna. Stasera la sfida scudetto Juve-Napoli domani a chiudere il turno Genoa-Verona
Lucas Biglia, del AC Milan, disputa el balón con Arkadiusz Milik, del Napoli, durante el duelo del domingo 15 de abril de 2018 en el estadio San Siro de Milán. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Lucas Biglia, del AC Milan, disputa el balón con Arkadiusz Milik, del Napoli, durante el duelo del domingo 15 de abril de 2018 en el estadio San Siro de Milán. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Lucas Biglia, del AC Milan, disputa el balón con Arkadiusz Milik, del Napoli, durante el duelo del domingo 15 de abril de 2018 en el estadio San Siro de Milán. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Foto de archivo. El mediocampista argentino Lucas Biglia, del AC Milan, da instrucciones desde una anotación en papel en el partido del AC Milan contra el Napoli por la Serie A del fútbol italiano en el estadio de San Siro, Milan, Italia, 15 de abril de 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Foto de archivo. El mediocampista argentino Lucas Biglia, del AC Milan, da instrucciones desde una anotación en papel
Foto de archivo. El mediocampista argentino Lucas Biglia, del AC Milan, da instrucciones desde una anotación en papel en el partido del AC Milan contra el Napoli por la Serie A del fútbol italiano en el estadio de San Siro, Milan, Italia, 15 de abril de 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Soccer Football - Serie A - AC Milan vs Napoli - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 15, 2018 AC Milan&#39;s Lucas Biglia issues instructions from a note REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Serie A - AC Milan vs Napoli
Soccer Football - Serie A - AC Milan vs Napoli - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 15, 2018 AC Milan's Lucas Biglia issues instructions from a note REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Soccer Football - Serie A - AC Milan vs Napoli - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 15, 2018 AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo/Files
Serie A - AC Milan vs Napoli
Soccer Football - Serie A - AC Milan vs Napoli - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 15, 2018 AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo/Files
Torna il campionato di serie A: oggi si giocano tre anticipi della 34esima giornata. Alle 15 SPAL-Roma, con i giallorossi già proiettati alla semifinale d&#39;andata di Champions League contro il Liverpool in programma martedì sera ad Anfield Road. Alle 18 in campo Sassuolo-Fiorentina mentre alle 20.45 il Milan cerca punti per l’Europa League ospitando al Meazza il Benevento. Domani si riparte alle 12.30 con Cagliari-Bologna. Alle 15 tra le altre Chievo-Inter e Lazio-Sampdoria ma l&#39;attesa è tutta per il posticipo: allo Stadium Juventus e Napoli si giocano una grossa fetta dello scudetto.
Seria A, oggi in campo con tre anticipi
Torna il campionato di serie A: oggi si giocano tre anticipi della 34esima giornata. Alle 15 SPAL-Roma, con i giallorossi già proiettati alla semifinale d'andata di Champions League contro il Liverpool in programma martedì sera ad Anfield Road. Alle 18 in campo Sassuolo-Fiorentina mentre alle 20.45 il Milan cerca punti per l’Europa League ospitando al Meazza il Benevento. Domani si riparte alle 12.30 con Cagliari-Bologna. Alle 15 tra le altre Chievo-Inter e Lazio-Sampdoria ma l'attesa è tutta per il posticipo: allo Stadium Juventus e Napoli si giocano una grossa fetta dello scudetto.
Torna il campionato di serie A: oggi si giocano tre anticipi della 34esima giornata. Alle 15 SPAL-Roma, con i giallorossi già proiettati alla semifinale d&#39;andata di Champions League contro il Liverpool in programma martedì sera ad Anfield Road. Alle 18 in campo Sassuolo-Fiorentina mentre alle 20.45 il Milan cerca punti per l’Europa League ospitando al Meazza il Benevento. Domani si riparte alle 12.30 con Cagliari-Bologna. Alle 15 tra le altre Chievo-Inter e Lazio-Sampdoria ma l&#39;attesa è tutta per il posticipo: allo Stadium Juventus e Napoli si giocano una grossa fetta dello scudetto.
Seria A, oggi in campo con tre anticipi
Torna il campionato di serie A: oggi si giocano tre anticipi della 34esima giornata. Alle 15 SPAL-Roma, con i giallorossi già proiettati alla semifinale d'andata di Champions League contro il Liverpool in programma martedì sera ad Anfield Road. Alle 18 in campo Sassuolo-Fiorentina mentre alle 20.45 il Milan cerca punti per l’Europa League ospitando al Meazza il Benevento. Domani si riparte alle 12.30 con Cagliari-Bologna. Alle 15 tra le altre Chievo-Inter e Lazio-Sampdoria ma l'attesa è tutta per il posticipo: allo Stadium Juventus e Napoli si giocano una grossa fetta dello scudetto.
Torna il campionato di serie A: oggi si giocano tre anticipi della 34esima giornata. Alle 15 SPAL-Roma, con i giallorossi già proiettati alla semifinale d&#39;andata di Champions League contro il Liverpool in programma martedì sera ad Anfield Road. Alle 18 in campo Sassuolo-Fiorentina mentre alle 20.45 il Milan cerca punti per l’Europa League ospitando al Meazza il Benevento. Domani si riparte alle 12.30 con Cagliari-Bologna. Alle 15 tra le altre Chievo-Inter e Lazio-Sampdoria ma l&#39;attesa è tutta per il posticipo: allo Stadium Juventus e Napoli si giocano una grossa fetta dello scudetto.
Seria A, oggi in campo con tre anticipi
Torna il campionato di serie A: oggi si giocano tre anticipi della 34esima giornata. Alle 15 SPAL-Roma, con i giallorossi già proiettati alla semifinale d'andata di Champions League contro il Liverpool in programma martedì sera ad Anfield Road. Alle 18 in campo Sassuolo-Fiorentina mentre alle 20.45 il Milan cerca punti per l’Europa League ospitando al Meazza il Benevento. Domani si riparte alle 12.30 con Cagliari-Bologna. Alle 15 tra le altre Chievo-Inter e Lazio-Sampdoria ma l'attesa è tutta per il posticipo: allo Stadium Juventus e Napoli si giocano una grossa fetta dello scudetto.
Contro il Napoli sarà la nr.100 di Higuain in bianconero, pareggite per Milan e SPAL
Serie A, le curiosità sulla 34ª giornata
Contro il Napoli sarà la nr.100 di Higuain in bianconero, pareggite per Milan e SPAL
Contro il Napoli sarà la nr.100 di Higuain in bianconero, pareggite per Milan e SPAL
Serie A, le curiosità sulla 34ª giornata
Contro il Napoli sarà la nr.100 di Higuain in bianconero, pareggite per Milan e SPAL
Contro il Napoli sarà la nr.100 di Higuain in bianconero, pareggite per Milan e SPAL
Serie A, le curiosità sulla 34ª giornata
Contro il Napoli sarà la nr.100 di Higuain in bianconero, pareggite per Milan e SPAL
Contro il Napoli sarà la nr.100 di Higuain in bianconero, pareggite per Milan e SPAL
Serie A, le curiosità sulla 34ª giornata
Contro il Napoli sarà la nr.100 di Higuain in bianconero, pareggite per Milan e SPAL
Contro il Napoli sarà la nr.100 di Higuain in bianconero, pareggite per Milan e SPAL
Serie A, le curiosità sulla 34ª giornata
Contro il Napoli sarà la nr.100 di Higuain in bianconero, pareggite per Milan e SPAL
Contro il Napoli sarà la nr.100 di Higuain in bianconero, pareggite per Milan e SPAL
Serie A, le curiosità sulla 34ª giornata
Contro il Napoli sarà la nr.100 di Higuain in bianconero, pareggite per Milan e SPAL
AC Milan&#39;s Ricardo Rodriguez kicks the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
AC Milan's Ricardo Rodriguez kicks the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
AC Milan's Ricardo Rodriguez kicks the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Napoli&#39;s Lorenzo Insigne controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Napoli&#39;s Marek Hamsik controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Napoli's Marek Hamsik controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Napoli's Marek Hamsik controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
AC Milan&#39;s Hakan Calhanoglu controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
AC Milan's Hakan Calhanoglu controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
AC Milan's Hakan Calhanoglu controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Napoli&#39;s Lorenzo Insigne controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Partita scudetto riaperta: nella 33esima giornata di serie A la Juve non va oltre l&#39;1-1 con il Crotone e vede assottigliarsi a +4 il vantaggio sul Napoli in vista dello scontro diretto di domenica. La squadra di Sarri sconfigge 4-2 l&#39;Udinese. Si confermano al terzo posto in calssifica Roma e Lazio: i giallorossi vincono in casa 2-1 con il Genoa mentre i biancocelesti, in trasferta, hanno la meglio 4-3 sulla Fiorentina. Ko del Bologna sconfitto 0-1 dalla Samp. A Verona il Sassuolo sconfigge 1-0 i padroni di casa. Pari tra Spal e Chievo che finisce 0-0 e tra Torino e Milan ferme sull&#39;1-1. Nell&#39;anticipo delle 18 l&#39;Atalanta ha vinto in trasferta a Benevento con un netto 3-0.
Serie A, Juve solo pari a Crotone
Partita scudetto riaperta: nella 33esima giornata di serie A la Juve non va oltre l'1-1 con il Crotone e vede assottigliarsi a +4 il vantaggio sul Napoli in vista dello scontro diretto di domenica. La squadra di Sarri sconfigge 4-2 l'Udinese. Si confermano al terzo posto in calssifica Roma e Lazio: i giallorossi vincono in casa 2-1 con il Genoa mentre i biancocelesti, in trasferta, hanno la meglio 4-3 sulla Fiorentina. Ko del Bologna sconfitto 0-1 dalla Samp. A Verona il Sassuolo sconfigge 1-0 i padroni di casa. Pari tra Spal e Chievo che finisce 0-0 e tra Torino e Milan ferme sull'1-1. Nell'anticipo delle 18 l'Atalanta ha vinto in trasferta a Benevento con un netto 3-0.
Partita scudetto riaperta: nella 33esima giornata di serie A la Juve non va oltre l&#39;1-1 con il Crotone e vede assottigliarsi a +4 il vantaggio sul Napoli in vista dello scontro diretto di domenica. La squadra di Sarri sconfigge 4-2 l&#39;Udinese. Si confermano al terzo posto in calssifica Roma e Lazio: i giallorossi vincono in casa 2-1 con il Genoa mentre i biancocelesti, in trasferta, hanno la meglio 4-3 sulla Fiorentina. Ko del Bologna sconfitto 0-1 dalla Samp. A Verona il Sassuolo sconfigge 1-0 i padroni di casa. Pari tra Spal e Chievo che finisce 0-0 e tra Torino e Milan ferme sull&#39;1-1. Nell&#39;anticipo delle 18 l&#39;Atalanta ha vinto in trasferta a Benevento con un netto 3-0.
Serie A, Juve solo pari a Crotone
Partita scudetto riaperta: nella 33esima giornata di serie A la Juve non va oltre l'1-1 con il Crotone e vede assottigliarsi a +4 il vantaggio sul Napoli in vista dello scontro diretto di domenica. La squadra di Sarri sconfigge 4-2 l'Udinese. Si confermano al terzo posto in calssifica Roma e Lazio: i giallorossi vincono in casa 2-1 con il Genoa mentre i biancocelesti, in trasferta, hanno la meglio 4-3 sulla Fiorentina. Ko del Bologna sconfitto 0-1 dalla Samp. A Verona il Sassuolo sconfigge 1-0 i padroni di casa. Pari tra Spal e Chievo che finisce 0-0 e tra Torino e Milan ferme sull'1-1. Nell'anticipo delle 18 l'Atalanta ha vinto in trasferta a Benevento con un netto 3-0.
Partita scudetto riaperta: nella 33esima giornata di serie A la Juve non va oltre l&#39;1-1 con il Crotone e vede assottigliarsi a +4 il vantaggio sul Napoli in vista dello scontro diretto di domenica. La squadra di Sarri sconfigge 4-2 l&#39;Udinese. Si confermano al terzo posto in calssifica Roma e Lazio: i giallorossi vincono in casa 2-1 con il Genoa mentre i biancocelesti, in trasferta, hanno la meglio 4-3 sulla Fiorentina. Ko del Bologna sconfitto 0-1 dalla Samp. A Verona il Sassuolo sconfigge 1-0 i padroni di casa. Pari tra Spal e Chievo che finisce 0-0 e tra Torino e Milan ferme sull&#39;1-1. Nell&#39;anticipo delle 18 l&#39;Atalanta ha vinto in trasferta a Benevento con un netto 3-0.
Serie A, Juve solo pari a Crotone
Partita scudetto riaperta: nella 33esima giornata di serie A la Juve non va oltre l'1-1 con il Crotone e vede assottigliarsi a +4 il vantaggio sul Napoli in vista dello scontro diretto di domenica. La squadra di Sarri sconfigge 4-2 l'Udinese. Si confermano al terzo posto in calssifica Roma e Lazio: i giallorossi vincono in casa 2-1 con il Genoa mentre i biancocelesti, in trasferta, hanno la meglio 4-3 sulla Fiorentina. Ko del Bologna sconfitto 0-1 dalla Samp. A Verona il Sassuolo sconfigge 1-0 i padroni di casa. Pari tra Spal e Chievo che finisce 0-0 e tra Torino e Milan ferme sull'1-1. Nell'anticipo delle 18 l'Atalanta ha vinto in trasferta a Benevento con un netto 3-0.
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