Opinion

Roma Progress Further Under De Rossi Despite Brighton Defeat, Dybala Blow

Andy Mattioli
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AS Roma’s Daniele De Rossi has had a great start to life in the Stadio Olimpico dug out as he replaced former manager Jose Mourinho in the role back in mid-January of this year, and with 12 games now under his belt, he has picked up seven wins and three draws.

Given our turn in league form, we could be looking at a previously pretty unexpected Champions League push for the coming campaign, but he has also seen progression in our Europa League battles and a BetMGM promo code provided by Sportytrader could be your friend if you like a flutter for following rounds of the tournament.

Everyone knew that facing off against very recently impressive English Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion would be a tough Round of 16 clash across the two legs, and it proved to be just that, but maybe not quite as difficult on a performance front as some in the wider world of football would maybe have thought.

Having taken the first leg pretty comfortably with an impressive 4-0 score line, everybody knew that it was pretty much a case of job done, but whilst we could somewhat more take our foot off the gas when it came to the second leg, Brighton were more than capable of punishing us if we became too complacent and did not continue to give them the respect that they deserved.

Not least on home soil, in front of their home faithful – if they were to exit the competition at this point, they would have wanted to go out with a bang and something to cheer about, and again, that is pretty much what happened across the 90 minutes.

Although we had a goal disallowed, they dominated the game, exerted the majority of the pressure and it was not a great performance from De Rossi’s charges. However, the defensive game plan was spot on, and despite having 21 chances at our goal in total, we only let them through five times for efforts at goal – and we ultimately fell 1-0. Again with the first leg safety net, it was still as close to perfect as it could have been from Roma’s point of view.

Having reasonably comfortably put ourselves through to the quarter final stage of the competition, we already know that we will now face AC Milan in our next double header, and the first leg takes place on April 11 at the San Siro, with the return, home leg, coming on April 18.

Whilst it has over all been another good week for fans, there was one bit of bad news as we went into the weekend as we discovered that our preparations for the clash with Sassuolo had been disrupted.

After Friday’s training session, he pulled up with a small problem which was later diagnosed as a minor muscle issue. It is now expected that the 30 year old Argentine international striker will likely miss between the next 10 to 14 days as he rests the problem and recovers.

His right abductor muscle injury should not prove to be a major problem when we look at the remainder of the season, but as well as it having now ruled him out of Sunday’s match with Sassuolo, the player has also taken the decision to remain at Trigoria and he has politely declined his country’s recent invitation to again return to their group for the upcoming friendly internationals, namely so he can focus fully on recovering and then regaining his full fitness levels as his training load will now naturally massively reduce for a good few days.

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MatchDay 38
26 May 20:45
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