After their surprise defeat to Cluj, Serafino Ingardia argues that Roma are an embarrassment to Italian football on the continent
Roma’s 2-1 loss at hands of far from irresistible Romanian side Cluj was a shock for many. But the reverse was just the latest episode in an incredible series of European defeats for the Giallorossi.
I may sound like a Laziale right now, but it is undeniable that over the years Roma have badly represented our nation in the Champions League. Such a statement could sound a bit too harsh on them, so let me list three incidents.
Firstly, that awful night at Old Trafford back in 2007. Millions of fans still remember that stunning 7-1 defeat when the Roman Empire collapsed. Secondly, Roma gained the right to return to Manchester a year ago after a wonderful win over Real Madrid and, instead of taking revenge, or at least trying to, the Giallorossi were poor yet again. Finally, the defeat against Cluj.
Let’s face it, Roma are a small club and if it wasn’t for Calciopoli they would have struggled to make the Champions League in the first place. They are a fascinating side with plenty of character and blossoming talents, but in today’s football, where money plays a key part, a team which cannot afford to spend big has hardly any hope of success.
Everybody at the Olimpico is aware of that fact, beginning with Rosella Sensi and Luciano Spalletti. Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, blinded by their love for the club, are the only ones who fail to see it.
Alberto Aquilani, who is a clever man as well as a cultured midfielder, once said: “I am not like Totti or De Rossi. I love this club, but cannot say I will play here forever.”
Aquilani doesn’t want to see his career ending like the one of his beloved captain. The fans may blame him for that, but I completely understand a player who wishes to add something more than a few coppette to his trophy cabinet. Because two or three Italian Cups are all that the Giallorossi are going to win in the near future.
You may say that I don’t give them enough credit, but the Giallorossi are a step behind the giants of European football – and there is no doubt about that.
i think the man desevers a pint
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