Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Champions League: Can Real Overtake Roma?

Real Madrid is seriously hobbled going into to morrow's second leg of its Champions League round-of-16 tie with Roma. About the only positive in Real's corner is that La Liga's leaders are home today--oh yeah, they get Robinho back too.

Roma edged Real in the first leg, 2-1, but today it won't have Ruud VanNistelrooy, nor Arjen Robben, both out with injuries.

Robinho returned over the weekend, and scored in Real's 3-2 win over Huelva. But the hotter team has to be Roma, which demolished Parma, 4-0, and now trails Inter Milan by six points in Serie A.

Roma is in great shape, and is a darkhorse to win the whole thing. It's all about timing when you get to knockout rounds; and aside from Manchester United, there may not be a hotter team in Europe than Roma.

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