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Roma Exceeded Champions League Expectations So Far, But Why Stop Now?

08 Diciembre 2017
Roma Exceeded Champions League Expectations So Far, But Why Stop Now?

Pep Guardiola's men have shown little sign of fatigue on Champions League nights, storming to the top of Group F in style. Is it better than domestic leagues around the world?

But on the basis of the six games in this group stage, Roma deserved to finish top of Group C.

In fact, Coutinho bagged himself a hat-trick, with Mane scoring a brace. We are a top team too. Spartak will have to settle for a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Celtic will be unseeded in the draw.

The Blues saw their hopes of topping the group ended, and it seems that now they have to face a nightmare draw on Monday as the knockout stage draw takes place. The Real Madrid legend became the first man to score in every single Champions League group stage game - hitting nine in the process.

Christensen should have equalised from a Cesc Fabregas cross 10 minutes later, but the Chelsea defender somehow headed wide of the open goal. Striker Sergio Aguero scored a consolation for the Citizens in stoppage-time.

Italian side Napoli took third spot after a 2-1 defeat at rock bottom Feyenoord.

Have four clubs from one country made the quarter-finals before?

However, they were not finished yet, as they recorded a 2-1 win at RB Leipzig, courtesy of goals from Alvaro Negredo and Anderson Talisca, while Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita scored Leipzig's goal.

For Barcelona, this victory in the group became the 11th in a row. A Roma that was fearless, intelligent and exciting to watch.

Group winners are drawn against second place sides and play away first, with the second legs at home. In the end they did a professional job in the 2-0 win at Olympiakos, the Moroccan consummately anchoring a backline that has begun to look more like itself in recent weeks and may yet be able to provide a sound basis for another deep run this season.

Last month, the Republic of Ireland's assistant manager said they were "going nowhere fast" and that if Liverpool "were playing out in my back garden, I wouldn't watch them".