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Roma vs Real Madrid. UEFA Champions League. 1/8 Final. Preview

17 February 2016, 20:45 GMT+1
Venue: Stadio Olimpico

Italians can’t win the game against you, but you can lose the game against the Italians.Johan Cruyff

The participants
Roma
Coach: Luciano Spalletti
Squad: Szczesny, De Sanctis, Rudiger, Digne, Maicon, Manolas, Zukanovic, Nainggolan, Totti, Salah, Pjanic. De Rossi, Keita, Vainqueur, Florenzi, Perotti, Dzeko, Falque, El Shaarawy
Injured Players: Ponce, Torosidis, Gyomber
Probable Lineup.

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Real Madrid

Coach: Zinedine Zidane

Squad: Navas, Casilla, Yáñez, Ramos, Varane, Arbeloa, Carvajal, Danilo, Marcelo, Nacho, Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, James Rodríguez, Modric, Kovacic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Jesé, Lucas Vázquez

Injured: Marcelo, Pepe, Bale

Probable Lineups.

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Referee: Pavel Kralovec, Czech Republic

International matches served this season: 4

Number of cards shown: yellow 17, red 1

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Interesting facts
  • Roma is the only club, which made it to the play-off with only 1 game won in the group stage.
  • Roma has won 4 out of last 6 matches against Real Madrid.
  • Roma won 4 last domestic league games.
  • Real Madrid kept clean sheet in 5 out of 6 Champions League matches.
  • Real Madrid has not lost a match after full time during the UCL break.
  • After the group stage Roma has the biggest number of concede goals (16), while Real Madrid is one of the best on the scored goals indicator (19, shares first place with Bayern Munich).
  • Both of the teams went through coach change during UCL break (Roma: Rudi Garcia – Luciano Spalletti. Real Madrid: Rafael Benitez – Zinedine Zidane).
  • Real Madrid has never knocked out an Italian club from the UCL.
Match statistics after coach change

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Quotes before the game

There’s no-one from Roma I particularly want to swap shirts with. C. Ronaldo

 

Francesco Totti is impressive. He is an example for all. He demonstrates that age is not important in football. C. Ronaldo

 

We must pay attention to the speed of their players. They can really harm us. K. Benzema

 

I’m not going to cage Cristiano Ronaldo, I’m not going to order three players to mark him. I don’t want to say my players have one third of Ronaldo’s quality. L. Spalletti

 

We’ve got a 50% chance of going through. L. Spaletti

 

We have to play with confidence, take to the pitch and believe that we can do well. S. Keita

 

Final Remark…

Zidane’s Real Madrid is in an unbelievable form and seems to be the obvious favorite… Statistics show, that it is very difficult to beat “the blancos”. However, as brought up in the above quote by Johan Cruyff, the Italians do not generally beat the opponent, but the opponent may lose against the Italian teams…