Roma are back at the scene of a night to forget, but will be hoping for better luck this time as they reconvene with Bodo/Glimt.
The Norwegian outfit infamously thrashed Roma 6-1 in the group stage of this season’s Europa Conference League, before a draw back in Italy. Jose Mourinho’s side went on to finish first in their group, ahead of second-placed Bodo/Glimt.
As fate would have it, the two teams now meet again at the quarter-final stage. Roma knocked out Vitesse to get here, while Bodo have overcome both Celtic and AZ, having had to go through a play-off route before the Round of 16.
Now, it is time for Roma to put behind them the memories of a haunting experience in northern Norway. A humiliation of a similar scale is extremely unlikely, but Bodo/Glimt have certainly proven they are a club capable of competing at this level and deserve to be here.
Their unknown factor has now gone, although there have been some changes to both squads since Roma’s last visit. In fact, four members of Mourinho’s starting XI from the 6-1 match are no longer at his disposal.Embed from Getty Images
For their part, Bodo – who go into this game on the back of a draw with Rosenborg – lost brace-scorer Erik Botheim in January, but also took the opportunity to make their own signings in the gap between their seasons. Besides, the likes of Ola Solbakken remain; the individual in question could be scouted by Roma ahead of a possible transfer of his own, but is actually a doubt to feature in the first leg due to illness.
Roma team news against Bodo/Glimt
Meanwhile, Roma have travelled to Scandinavia without Nicolo Zaniolo and Jordan Veretout. In fact, they could field the same lineup that overcame both Lazio and Sampdoria either side of the international break in Serie A.
It would represent a much stronger selection than that which was deployed for their last visit to Bodo. This time, more is at stake – and the bigger players will be hoping to make a good impression.
Over another two legs, this is a marathon, not a sprint. But it is important to get the first step in the right direction, which is exactly what Roma will be trying to do.
The game kicks off at 8pm UK time, and will be available to watch live on BT Sport Extra 3 via the red button service.