Roma returns to the Europa League against Ludogorets

The last time we saw it Rome In the Europa League stage, the brave Giallorossi managed to beat him Manchester United In the semi-finals 2021 she fell unchanged. Facing a 6-2 deficit after their nightmare performance at the Theater of Dreams a week ago, Paulo Fonseca’s men needed a miracle to survive and advance to the finish. And while they managed to defeat United that day, the gulf between the two clubs was clear as day. Roma managed to defeat the Red Devils only in the second leg thanks to an own goal by Alex Telles in the 83rd minute, so even their victory came with an asterisk.

After a frustrating stint in the capital, Paulo Fonseca was sacked at the end of the 2020-2021 season and soon replaced by Jose Mourinho. While The Special One did no better at the Serie A table than its predecessor, it broke the club’s cup drought after beating Feyenoord in the Europa League final last spring.

Ludogorets vs Roma: September 8. 18:45 CET / 12:45 EET. Razgrad, Bulgaria.

Thanks to this victory, Roma secured automatic entry into this year’s European League, and will begin their quest for consecutive European titles tomorrow against the Bulgarian defending champion, Ludogorets. With 19 points from seven games, the Eagles are flying just as well, sitting in second with two games in hand.

As always, unfamiliar opponents tend to be the most dangerous, so let’s take a look at some of the key storylines for tomorrow’s match.

Ludogorets main record

Hovivarma Arena, a ten thousand seat stadium located on the north side of Razgrad, has been the home of Ludogorets since 2011 while also hosting the Bulgarian national team on several occasions. And over the past few seasons, Ludogorets have been practically unstoppable at home, losing only two games in the past three years, a trend that has continued through the early part of this year’s fixture list.

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While the season is still young, Ludogorets was the picture of perfection at home: three matches, three wins, 13 goals scored, 0 conceded. To make matters worse for Roma, Ludogorets managed to beat Habar 6-0 over the weekend, using several of his reserves and focusing on tomorrow’s match. So not only are they unbeaten at home, Ludogorets beginners have a good rest.

the three ts

While it’s not fair to compare the Bulgarian league to the Italian league, Ludogorets has three very impressive players. In the early stages of the season, Bulgarian striker/midfield player Bernard Tikpetiyev, Argentine striker Matias Tesira and Brazilian striker Igor Thiago led the Bulgarian champions. With nine goals and four assists between them, The Three Ts have more than enough talent to upset Roma’s beleaguered defense line suddenly.

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where is my mind?

In what is fast becoming an annual rite of passage (one of our Paramount friends, Matteo Bonetti, pointed up), Roma suffered a humiliating defeat against the entire League. After closing the Serie A fixture list on Sunday, Roma laid an egg at the Dacia Arena, falling to Udinese in an embarrassing 4-0 defeat. Typically Rome event Fashion, the Giallorossi was accomplished through glaring solo mistakes, missed shots, and of course, inquisitive management.

Although Mourinho has told his squad to pack things up and focus on Thursday’s game, it is only fair to question Roma’s mental state at the moment. Even if the season is less than a month old, Mourinho’s men have already gone through 38 weeks of highs and lows, punctuated in successive weeks by their impressive victory over Monza and their lukewarm display at Udine on Sunday.

The pair with some controversy over their early season lineup, and a storm of distraction could envelop Roma tomorrow. The Giallorossi may have the advantage of talent, but Mourinho would be better served with one motivational speech to get Roma out of their newfound funk.


Match prediction

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