With a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Juventus last Sunday, AS Roma climbed to fourth place in Serie A, which has been a great moral boost for La Loba ahead of their imminent UEFA Europa matchup. League (UEL). Having achieved three wins in their last four official matches, Roma meet Real Sociedad for the first time in a competition, and the Giallorossi will be looking to improve on their poor record of one win in their previous ten European matches against Spanish clubs (G1, E2, P7).
The Olympic Stadium, an almost impregnable fortress: José Mourinho’s squad have seven wins in their last eight home games (W7, L1). In UEFA competition, Roma have lost just two of their last 33 home games (W24, D7, L2), although it is important to note that they suffered both of those defeats against Spanish opposition.
Real Sociedad travels to the Eternal City trying to end a losing streak and get closer to their first quarterfinals in a European competition in 34 years. The blue and white team, which shone in the group stage of this UEL — it was the only club to win each of its first five games — has prevailed in only one of its last seven games (G1, E3, P3), the most recently settled with a 0-0 draw against Cádiz at the Reale Arena last Friday.
In the group stage, Real achieved a full record of away victories (9/9 pts), scoring five goals and keeping a clean sheet. Imanol Alguacil’s team now has the opportunity to become the third team to win four UEL away games in a row, but for that they will have to recover their best offensive version after failing to score in three of their last four away games. home in all competitions (G1, E1, P2).
Players to watch: Comfortable at home, Paulo Dybala will be confident in his chances of beating the txuri-urdin goal after having scored his last three goals in the UEL at the Olympic Stadium. For Real Sociedad, the aim of Alexander Sørloth may be essential, whose last 11 appearances with a goal in all competitions have come in victories for his team.
Highlight: Mourinho has won 15 of his last 17 UEL home games (W15, D1, L1), but the two exceptions came against LaLiga clubs.