A match that will see two big clubs go head-to-head in one of the biggest venues in European and world football - Stadio Olimpico. AS Roma carry a 2-1 lead from the first game, and will look to seal the deal and move on to the next round, while Ajax will fight for a miracle, and try to overturn the first-leg deficit.
The Italian maestros are chronically suffering from bouts of inconsistency, and are going through one right now, hopeful that it won’t cost them a chance to finish the season with a trophy. Considering the fact that they’re 8th in the league, and 5 points away from spots that lead into Europe, they’ll want to progress, as their only chance of playing in Europe again is by winning the EL.
The Dutch champions currently sit first in the Dutch league, with a comfortable lead of 11 points. Aside from this, they’re in the form of a lifetime now, only losing once and drawing one in the last 15 games in all competitions. Coach Ten Hag will hope his players have something left in the tank as the season nears the finish, and they’ll need both luck and strength to see off the Italians.
Injury-wise, the Italians have a number of players out with injuries, namely El Shaarawy, Kumbula, Smalling, Zaniolo, and Peres, while Spinazzola a doubt. The Amsterdam side have Blind, Labyad, Onana, Rensch, and Mazraoui out, while teen sensation Brobbey is a doubt.
Will Roma manage to finish the job at home or will the Dutch maestros give them a headache and ask questions of the Italian’s side defense remains to be seen. Whatever the outcome, one thing is for sure - both teams will go into the game with everything to play for, so expect fireworks and goals on both sides.