Matchday 6 of the UEFA Champions League brings us a big match at an expected empty Stadio Olimpico. It’s Roma taking on BATE Borisov in virtually a winner take all situation, with the future of coach Rudi Garcia not the only thing that is on the line.
Last time Roma played BATE Borisov, Roma were down 3 goals at half-time and ended up losing 3-2 in Belarus. Fast forward to December, both teams with a chance to go to the knockout stages. For Roma, this is as of now the team’s biggest game of the season. It’s a win and they’re in situation. Roma are currently coming off a 4 game winless streak, which includes a 2-0 loss at home to Atalanta in Serie A and a 6-1 loss in this competition to Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Roma president James Pallotta will be in attendance as there is much on the line. Try €25m, the future of Garcia and their Champions League campaign. Also, Roma will look to avoid the embarrassment of losing at home to one of the weakest teams in the Champions League. The Giallorossi have had an up and down season and their current form has been horrendous and worrying. Against BATE they will be given the chance to regain form and get back on track. Unfortunately Roma will have to once again do it without their fans, who will continue their protests for the match which means there will be no Curva Sud.
Latest reports regarding team news suggest that Mohamed Salah is expected to start and make his return starting alongside Florenzi and Dzeko in the attack. Szczesny expected in goal, Maicon, Manolas, Rudiger & Digne in the defence and the midfield of De Rossi, Pjanic and Nainggolan. Gervinho was also called up by Garcia but he is expected to start the game on the bench.
So much is at stake for Roma today. A lot of the season’s fate comes from today. The future of the coach who has all of Rome on his shoulders in Rudi Garcia, €25m that Roma will desperately want and also their Champions League run as a whole. Do Roma prove themselves and get back on track? Or do they fall and stumble and say goodbye to Garcia, €25m and the UEFA Champions League?