Roma‘s 2017-18 UEFA Champions League campaign begins with a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid.
We all knew that Roma’s first Champions League match would have been tough, and Atletico Madrid’s experience in this competition put the giallorossi in trouble several times during the 90′ minutes.
Eusebio Di Francesco must thank his goalkeeper Alisson who brilliantly saved the match demonstrating to be a world class player. The Brazilian pulled off a string of fantastic saves to deny manager Diego Simeone‘s Atleti side what could have been a deserved win.
Yesterday, Alisson left the Olimpico Stadium as the undisputed MVP of the match. The Curva Sud chanted Alisson’s name from the stands.
Without the astonishing performance of the Brazilian keeper the final result of the match would have been different. The Spanish side dominated the scene for a long time, especially during the second-half.
Roma played a good first-half but then, when the fuel in the tank was over, the Lupi perched in defense of their fort. Eusebio Di Francesco made a necessary tactical change that gave relief to his guys who, in the last quarter of the match, better controlled the Spanish offense.
The giallorossi are still work in progress. The Italian coach needs to find appropriate countermeasures to avoid Roma’s clear imbalance on the field.