Bayern Munich’s 7-1 thumping of Roma could seriously derail the Italian side’s season.
Rudi Garcia’s men were dismantled with consummate ease as Pep Guardiola’s side penetrated constantly through Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski.
The Dutchman scored twice whilst his Polish team-mate also found the net. Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery and Xhedran Shaqiri topped off the scoring in a night to remember in the Italian capital.
Tuesday evening’s mauling will come as a bitter blow after Roma’s impressive start to the season.
Guardiola’s men were at their efficient, ruthless best with Robben particularly sparkling with a well taken brace.
Lewandowski continued his comfortable start to life following his summer move from rivals Borussia Dortmund with another as he sets about his hunt for the Champions League trophy after narrowly missing out in 2013.
Gotze, the hero of German football after his winning goal in the World Cup final against Argentina, was another ex-Dortmund player to get his name on the scoresheet.
Muller, another icon of the national team, converted a penalty to continue his fine scoring run of late.
Ribery marked his return from injury with a breath-taking dink after coming on from the substitutes bench, before Shaqiri wrapped the mauling up with a composed late strike.
But despite suffering a setback on the European scene the Italian giants remain very much in the hunt for the Scudetto.
Juventus lifted the prize last year despite Roma amassing their best ever Serie A points tally, and were victorious when the two sides met shortly before the international break earlier this month.
Francesco Totti has rolled back the years with a serious of vintage displays, whilst Gervinho continues to thrive away from Arsenal and scored their solitary goal at the Stadio Olympico.
They have won six of their seven league games, and had started this year’s European showpiece well with a 5-1 thumping of CSKA Moscow and 1-1 draw away at Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City.
Juan Iturbe and Adem Ljliac have also shone, and will have a key role in determining where they finish in the league come May.
Garcia must now hope the momentum they have been building does not now crash to a damning holt.
The Munich mauling will go down in history as one of Bayern’s greatest ever evenings, and yet more proof at how they are evolving under Guardiola.
Sometimes it happens – they were beaten by the same scoreline against Manchester United on a magical occasion in 2007 – and they must dismiss it from their minds no matter the ridicule that will follow.
The Roman gladiators must now pick their heads up. It could be the result that makes or breaks their campaign.
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