Nathan has worked hard to earn a Champions League place so can Roma make the most of their opportunity?
Hello. We are in Rome so it must be Tuesday again. We finished Season 4 as twice a bridesmaid as we finished 2nd in the league behind a mightily impressive Juventus team. We also lost in the Coppa Italia final against Sampdoria. This one hurt as they got relegated so we really should have been beating them. So to season 5 with Totti at the helm.
Our opening game is the Champions League 1st round 1st leg and we take a decent lead to Bulgaria. Roll opens the scoring before setting up Totti for his first. Vidolov gets one back after a mistake from Cafu. A late penalty for Totti makes it a 2 goal lead.
Job done in Bulgaria. We move on to the group stages.
It’s a good group for us. We have every opportunity to get through that.
Wow. What an horrendous start to the league season. Torino blow us away completely.
Drawing Lazio in the 2nd round of the Coppa Italia felt harsh but we batter them. Totti opens the scoring in the 8th minute. After that it’s the defenders who take centre stage with Cafu, Pistone & Bogarde killing the game.
Absolutely crazy game here! Ba gives Milan the lead early on but two quick goals from Roll turn it around and give us a 2-1 lead at half time. Milan turn it round again with 2 quick goals from kick off in the second half. Chiesa makes it 4-2 and i’m thinking game over until Buffon scores an own goal and then Cafu wins a penalty which Totti converts! madness!
Easy start to our Champions League group. 2 goals in the opening 4 minutes from Totti then Salas set the tone. Salas adds a 3rd before half time. Kechinov grabs a goal back but it’s the only bright spark for Spartak.
We finally get a win in the league at the 3rd time of asking. Gautieri scores just before halftime but Bologna equalise 5 minutes into the second half. Totti wins it for us in the 73rd minute with a finish into the bottom corner. We lose Cafu for 7 months. Luckily we’ve just signed Alain Goma.
Back to back wins in the league. Salas scores a 2nd half hattrick in exactly 30 minutes to win the game singlehandedly for us.
Fantastic win away at Napoli. We are 3-0 up inside 20 minutes thanks to Salas, Roll & Totti. Totti grabs 2 more in the 2nd half to make it a 5-0 rout.
2 for 2 in Europe. Salas and Bogarde give us the lead, both from headers. Solhiem makes it 2-1 at half time. Roll gets our 2 goal lead back but it doesn’t last as Aasen makes it 3-2. A few nervy moments but we hang on.
We are on a roll at the moment. Roll opens the scoring in this one before Pistone lays up Totti. Falcioni (Mancini Jr) adds a 3rd in the second half quickly followed by a 2nd for Totti.
Salas and Totti doing the damage for us here. Arcadio scores for Piacenza straight from kick off. Then Salas does exactly the same to make it 1-1 in the second minute. We have to wait until the 63rd minute for Salas to get our 2nd and Totti to wrap up the win with our 3rd.
Good solid win at home. Totti finally breaks the deadlock in the 52nd minute then Falcioni hits a scorcher to seal the win.
That’s a wrap for the start of season 5. Let’s check out the league table.
Well after an awful start to the league campaign we’ve been on a hell of a run and sit top of the pile. We also have 2 wins in our Champions League group as well so it’s all guns blazing for now. Join me next week to see if we can keep up our good form against tougher opposition.