Juventus’ dominance should not overshadow Roma’s resilience
The Bianconeri were definitely the better side in the game and deserved to win. Still, Roma’s efforts, in spite of the injury-stricken squad, should not be pushed aside.
The visitors especially sprang to life in the second half where they looked more threatening. Cristante came close to equalizing with his header and overall, the Giallorossi were sending in dangerous balls from the wing.
For a Roma team to do it without crucial players like Lorenzo Pellegrini and Stephen el Sharaawy, it was pretty impressive.
Robin Olsen’s brilliance
Roma definitely have missed Alisson Becker’s presence in goal since the Brazilian’s transfer to Liverpool. Robin Olsen has been decent at best for the Romans, but against Juventus, he was amazing.
The Swede made a total of five saves in the game. Had it not been for his spectacular performance, the scoreline would have been lopsided in Juve’s favor. Olsen’s efforts to deny Alex Sandro and Cristiano Ronaldo (twice for both) were world-class. Had his reactions been a millisecond late, Juventus would have scored three or four goals.
Olsen’s strong showing between the sticks allowed Roma to remain in the game. Unfortunately, they were unable to break down the superb Bianconeri defense.