Roma – Shakhtar match will answer the main questions

Roma – Shakhtar match will answer the main questions

The second match of the Champions League’s round of 16 between Roma and Shakhtar will not only decide another quarter-final participant of the tournament, but will also answer questions, that bother fans.

First of all, the second match will determine, was the minimum advantage at Metalist OSC (2:1) three weeks ago enough for the Ukrainian team. After the eventful match in Kharkiv and extraordinary performance of Alisson Becker in Roma’s goal, bookmakers have maximally equalized the chances to advance to quarter finals for both sides. Whereas the odds on the hosts’ victory vary from 1.65 to 1.75.

The advancement to the next round is necessary for both Roma and Shakhtar. For the She-Wolf, it is the last chance to redeem the season, which is currently being far from their best. Eusebio di Francesco team has lost the opportunity to join the championship race, occupying the third position with 13-point gap to the leaders. The battle for Coppa Italia was lost as well. The roster has some experienced footballers, who wouldn’t mind playing in the play-offs of the most prestigious club tournament. Kolarov, De Rossi, El Shaarawy, Dzeko and others are one of them.

For Shakhtar, the Champions League is first of all a tournament, where the Donetsk team checks its true power and players are able to turn attention of the leading clubs in Europe. Due to the group stage matches, Fred is already one step away from Manchester City, where the former Coalminer Fernandinho plays for the fifth year.

Apart from footballers, close attention of the European football grands is turned to the persona of the Donetsk head coach Paulo Fonseca. According to the Telegraph information, the managers of the London Arsenal would like to see the Portuguese manager as the head coach of their team. The German magazine SportBild claimed about Fonseca’s transfer to Bayern and Daily Mail informed about Everton’s hopes to draw the coach to Liverpool.

The second match of Roma and Shakhtar, as the whole Champions League campaign this season, will test the capabilities of both sides. Two young managers are trying to declare themselves leading not the strongest teams in Europe. For each one of them reaching the quarterfinals will be a personal achievement in portfolio.