Romantada! Barcelona miracle will go down in Roman history

On an emotional night at the Stadio Olimpico, the Giallorossi’s coach, players and supporters combined to completely overwhelm Lionel Messi & Co.
“Even the most miserable life is better than a sheltered existence in an organized society where everything is calculated and perfected.”
Nothing about modern-day Rome could be considered calculated or perfected. It is a sprawling, chaotic city in which it is a chore to get anything done. James Pallotta knows this better than most.
The Roma president has been left bitterly frustrated by years trying to construct a new stadium for his club. The American has also come under fire from some of the Giallorossi’s ultras due his compliance with the city prefect’s decision to divide the Curva Sud, while there has also been criticism over the continued sale of the club’s best players in order to meet Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
Late on Tuesday night, though, Pallotta was cheered on by hundreds of ecstatic fans as he emulated the protagonists from the Fellini classic ‘La Dolce Vita’ by taking a dip in a Roman fountain.
It was the only possible response to what had unfolded just a couple of hours before at the Stadio Olimpico, where they had all been bound together in disbelief, united by the fact that they had simply been there; one of 80,000 souls to have witnessed a miracle.
Roma had beaten Barcelona 3-0 to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League on away goals. Every single person inside the sold-out stadium was, thus, in a state of shock.
Roma defender Kostas Manolas could barely stand up. His head was spinning. He needed to sit down. He found a seat on the bench and tried to take a minute to make sense of what was happening around him.
Thousands of fans were crying with joy. This was the greatest European night in Roma’s history. This was beyond belief. Particularly for Manolas.
Six days previously he had put through his own net as Roma lost 4-1 at Camp Nou. Tonight, he had scored the decisive goal.
He was overwhelmed with emotion. The tears began to flow.
The Greek defender wanted no individual credit for his role in Roma’s remarkable comeback, though. This had been a collective effort, he insisted.
“We have our crowd behind us, nobody can beat us,” he told Mediaset Premium immediately after full-time.
“We need these fans to give us a push. If they always flock here in these numbers, Roma can become one of the best teams in Italy.”