Our match prediction:
Real Madrid grabbed the tie by the scruff of neck by winning the first leg 2-0, but only now do we see the real importance of the triumph given AS Roma’s excellent run of form. The Giallorossi have now won seven straight Serie A fixtures to climb to third in the league standings and they certainly arrive at Santiago Bernabeu brimming with confidence. And while it is probably too late to speak about their chances of reaching the quarter-finals, we predict AS Roma to make life difficult for their more illustrious opponents. Real Madrid suffered a dip in form as they took just one point from league games vs Malaga and Atletico Madrid, but have since returned to the right track. The 3-1 triumph over Levante was the first step in the right direction, whereas the 7-1 hammering of very good Celta Vigo side will do wonders for the players’ confidence. As a result, we expect them to record another win over AS Roma.
Highligted Player (Toni Kroos):
Toni Kroos is a Real Madrid midfielder who started playing for Bayern Munich II at senior level. He made 13 appearances for the reserve team and on 31 January, 2009 he joined Bayer Leverkusen on loan. He made his Bayer debut on 28 February, 2009, coming as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Hannover. The German midfielder scored ten goals in 43 league appearances with the BayArena outfit and in the summer of 2010 he returned to Bayern Munich. Kroos won three Bundesliga trophies with the mighty Bavarian giants (2007/2008, 2012/2013, 2013/2014) and in 2013 he was part of Bayern Munich’s team that won the Champions League trophy. In 2014, though, he decided to leave the club and the German superstar joined Real Madrid on a six-year-contract. Kroos won the 2015/2016 Champions League trophy with los Blancos and it has to be noted that he produced a thrilling performance in the title game against Atletico Madrid. In 2014 he clinched the FIFA World Cup trophy with Germany.
Highlighted Team (AS Roma):
AS Roma are a professional football club based in Rome. Roma were founded by a merger in 1927 and they play in the Italian Serie A. Roma’s fiercest rivals are Lazio and it has to be noted that both capital clubs play their home games at Stadio Olimpico. The two local rivals face each other in the Derby della Capitale, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world of football. The Giallorossi (The Yellow and Reds) have won three Serie A titles (1941/1942, 1982/1983, 2000/2001), while winning nine Coppa Italia trophies. The colour of Roma’s shirts is imperial purple with a golden yellow trim. A number of top-class footballers were part of Roma in the past, but Francesco Totti is undisputedly the club’s biggest legend. “The Prince of Rome” made his 601 appearances for Roma on 14 May, 2016 when the Giallorossi recorded a 3-1 win over Milan at Stadio San Siro.