Roma hosted Juventus in front of a packed stadium on Sunday. The final outcome is Juventus champion and the Lupi in the Champions League again.
A pretty even first half between Roma and Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico. The Giallorossi outshouted the Bianconeri 5-3 but neither teams put the goalkeepers in trouble. Di Francesco played his favorite 4-3-3 trying to put pressure on Allegri’s side since the beginning. Nainggolan and Pellegrini moved forward to quickly press on Pjanic and Matuidi not giving them the possibility to manage the pace of the game. Dzeko, El Shaarawy and Under supported the offensive effort of the Lupi in front of a packed stadium.
A great first half for Pellegrini who outperformed his teammates and the opponents. Cengiz Under mitigated Alex Sandro’s efficiency on the flank putting the Brazilian in trouble a couple of times. Juventus kept the lines very tight to cover the space better and react to the Roma pressing. Allegri’s side has not created chances to score during the first 45 minutes.
The second half started with the same 22 players on the field but not with the same pace of the first 45 minutes. Both teams tactically bridled each other not leaving much to the show. When Radja Nainggolan got a red card 20 minutes before the end of the game, Juventus stepped up trying to keep the possession of the match. Di Francesco decided to replace Pellegrini with Gonalons to give a bit more stability to its midfield and properly contrast the offensive of the Bianconeri.
The rest of the game is history. Both coaches made a few other changes but the final outcome did not change. Juventus won its seventh Scudetto in a row while the Giallorossi celebrated their qualification for the 2018-19 Champions League in front of their fans.