Back to the Future

There will be no grand proclamations about this. Largely the same Roma having played against Shakthar five years ago was held up to be a virtue, but of course it was not. Of course not. Most of their Brazilian contingent were in their early teens when those games took place back in 2006; Roma was then one year removed from the prime of most players on the team. What's frustrating is seeing Roma fall down in the way everyone knew that they would; lashing out pettily against the opposition, an early red card, missed chances, squabbling internally. We've seen it too often not to recognize it coming, and hate it when it does.

If there ever was a sign to let something die, this was it. This team is too old, too worn-out for another go at this.