Real madrid vs Roma
Real Madrid’s path to a potential fourth consecutive title of the Champions League begins on Wednesday as the team welcomes Roma to the Santiago Bernabéu to open Group G. In a match between two teams that reached the semifinals last season , with the Real winning everything, the fans face a great shock that should have a lot of speed and possibilities. This is how you can see the game and our prediction:
the fourth consecutive victory in the Champions League is the goal of Real Madrid, and captain Sergio Ramos has already identified that those who say it is impossible also said the same about his last two victories. The final of this year is played at the home of Atlético de Madrid, the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium, which is only two miles from Valdebebas and 10 from the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, where the Real Madrid Museum has 13 Champions League titles, including four of the last five finals.
The distance is short, but the road ahead is long and difficult. The new Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui will start his first campaign in the Champions League with the Whites against Rome on Wednesday at 21:00 CET, the team that eliminated Barcelona from the competition last season and will be received at the Bernabéu as a friend, at least until he kicks. off. There will be an additional incentive for the Madrid players to have a good performance in Europe this season after the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus; They will want to prove that they can still be one of the favorites, despite the loss of the all-time top scorer in the history of the Champions League. With the final in Wanda also, that is an additional motivating factor for Los Blancos and El Capitan Sergio Ramos does not hide it. “Real Madrid is always motivated to play in the Champions League, but this is special and different,” said Ramos. “The fact that the final is played in Wanda motivates us even more: it is an additional incentive.” The challenge set by the Madrid squad is clear: to continue making history in hostile territory. “They said it was impossible to win two in a row. , we achieved it, “he continued. The same was said about the third and we also achieved it. “This team is inspired by great challenges and winning the Champions League in the Wanda is another way of making history.” Of the four finals of Madrid in the last five years, two have come against El Atlético and the memories of the Los Rojiblancos fans are miserable. Diego Simeone’s team was so close to winning their first Champions League title in Lisbon, before Sergio Ramos scored a goal in the 93rd minute to send the game to overtime, and in Milan they lost to their big rivals in the penalties. It is always difficult to reach the final of the first competition in Europe, which will require a maximum effort from Lopetegui, and while Los Blancos will not have Ronaldo, who has been so fundamental in the elimination rounds in recent years, the quest to reach the final in the Wanda may be enough to see them pass.
• Madrid is a starter and 13 times champion. Semifinalists or better in each of the last eight seasons, this is the 49th European Cup of Real Madrid, more than any other team.
• Third in the league last season, the Spanish giants are in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the 23rd time, a competition they share with Barcelona and Oporto.
• In 2017/18, Madrid finished second in their group – the second consecutive year they were runners-up in their section – but went on to beat Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern München in the elimination rounds against Gareth Bale (2) and Karim Benzema scored in the final victory of 3-1 against Liverpool in Kiev.
2018 final aspects: Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
• Juventus, who won the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League final in the second half of last season, ended the quarter-final second leg last season. Madrid was defeated 3-1 at home, but was squeezed after winning 3-0 in Turin.
• The defeat at Juve’s home ended Madrid’s unbeaten run of five games against Italian visitors at the Bernabéu (W4 D1).
• Now trained by Julen Lopetegui, the Merengues lost 4-2 to Atlético de Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn in August, denying them the third consecutive victory in the competition.
• Atletico’s defeat was only Madrid’s fourth in their last 33 European games, winning 22 and drawing seven. Those draws include the 2016 final against Atlético de Madrid, which Madrid won on penalties in Milan.
• The Meringues have won 34 of their last 42 UEFA Champions League games at home, losing only two: 4-3 against Schalke in their Round of 16 round of the 2014/15 round and against Juventus. They still won both ties in the aggregate.
• Third in Serie A in 2017/18, the Roma are in the group stage for the eleventh time and the fourth in five years.
• Roma, runner-up in the 1983/84 European Cup, reached the semifinals last season, losing to Liverpool. They finished first in a group that included Chelsea and Atlético de Madrid, before beating Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona in the knockout rounds, the latter particularly memorable, as a 4-1 defeat was followed by a 3-1 victory. 0 at the Stadio Olimpico before succumbing to Liverpool.
Five major Roma objectives
• However, Roma lost all three away games in the knockout rounds of last season, conceding 11 goals in the process, and have a four-game losing streak away from home in Europe that also fell 2-0 to the Athletic on the fifth day. They won just one of their six away matches in the UEFA Champions League last season (2-1 at Qarabağ on Matchday 2) and have only tasted victory in just three of their last 17 away games in Europe ( D6 L8).
• The Giallorossi lost in four of their last five trips to Spain, the exception being a 4-0 deficit at Villarreal in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League round of 32, in which Edin Džeko scored a hat- trick