After throwing away a golden opportunity to go top of our group and qualify for the next round on UCL Match Day 4, we now face a somewhat nervy trip to Azerbaijan as we take on Qarabag in our next game of the competition. Although credit has to be given to Roma because they are a top side. The loss wasn’t the shocker, but no one saw it would happen with that much wide a margin. Losing 3 – 0 in a group as difficult as ours is dangerous, and probably would have put us in an even worse situation if Atletico had won their last fixture.
With our last result, Roma now sit on top of the table, while we sit second. If things finish the way they look at the moment, it would not be good for us because it would put us up against a very strong team in the next round.
Interestingly, we are still in a good position to qualify, but we must not just qualify, finishing top should be a priority. Anything less isn’t in our best interest.
If we win our Wednesday tie against Qarabag, it means we have a chance to pull ahead of Roma to the top of the group. The Italian side play Atletico on the same night, and face the possibility of dropping points. If they are beaten, and we win our next two games, we would have secured the top position.
So I think the focus on Wednesday must be winning, and it has to start from the first blow of the whistle. By this time Wednesday, we expect to celebrate a win. I wish them the very best in that outing come Wednesday.