Roma will be facing defending Serie A champions Juventus as they look to recover from the shocking loss against Verona in their season opener last week. However, their task gets more complicated facing the Old Lady. Roma have clashed with Juventus a whopping 194 times in the past, with Juventus winning 92 times and Roma just 48 times.
Paulo Fonseca has been under considerable pressure this season after he failed to guide Roma to a Champions League spot last season. With the coronavirus situation hitting Roma financially as well, I Giallorossi has been limited to low-profile transfers in the summer window. Barring former Barcelona star Pedro, who came from Chelsea this window, Roma hardly have a name to boast about. However, Roma would take encouragement from their very last outcome against Juventus, where they defeated Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. 3-1 away from home.
New manager Andrea Pirlo has really turned around things for the star-studded Juventus team since taking on from Maurizio Sarri following last season’s unsatisfactory conclusion. Though Juventus had sealed the title race with few games to spare, they ended the season losing three of their last four games. It was followed by a Champions League exit as well, which prompted Sarri’s sacking. However, with big arrivals of Arthur Melo and Alvaro Morata this summer, Juventus have been seen fielding with a rejuvenated determination to become the best team in Europe.
Roma (3-4-2-1): Antonio Mirante (GK); Maraash Kumbulla, Gianluca Mancini, Roger Ibanez; Davide Santon, Amadou Diawara, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Leonardo Spinazzola; Pedro, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Edin Dzeko
Juventus (3-5-2): Wojciech Szczesny (GK); Daniele Rugani, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (C); Danilo, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Weston McKennie, Juan Cuadrado; Dejan Kulusevski, Cristiano Ronaldo
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