Ex-Roma star downplays links to infamous Manchester United victory

Ex-Roma defender Marco Cassetti sees a difference between the Giallorossi’s heavy defeat to Bayern Munich and the 7-1 against Manchester United seven years ago.

There are losses in football, and then there are devastating losses. On Tuesday night, Roma endured that latter at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The Bavarians were in stunning form at the Stadio Olimpico and ran riot to the tune of a 7-1 result, leaving Rudi Garcia’s side licking their wounds.

For the Giallorossi fan base, 7-1 is scoreline that dredges back up ugly memories. The club have been on the wrong side of it before in Europe’s elite competition.

That was of course to Manchester United in April 2007 at Old Trafford, a night on which Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice, as did Alan Smith amongst others.

But for former Giallorossi defender Marco Cassetti – who played 90 minutes in that fateful contest with United – the defeat to Bayern Munich is a different matter.

He told Sky Sport Italia: “The biggest difference is that game [against Manchester United] was a quarter-final, whereas here there’s a chance to remedy the situation.

“After Manchester there was no opportunity for revenge. These are the kind of games that shock you. You can try to forget it, but games like this you remember.”

Quickly erased from memory on that night in Manchester was that Roma had won the first leg of the quarter-final tie in the Italian capital – it had become irrelevant.

This time around, however, the Giallorossi have plenty to play for. Despite the drubbing by Bayern, they’re still second in Group E ahead of Manchester City and CSKA Moscow.

With a two-point cushion on City, Roma are set to face Die Roten once again in the return fixture at the Allianz Arena on November 5.

There will be plenty of motivation for revenge after the result in Rome, and a better performance will be expected even if coming home with any points remains unlikely.

Meanwhile, dates to follow with City and CSKA mean qualification to the knockouts remains there for the taking should the Giallorossi be able to bounce back.

Unlike the 7-1 against United, there’s more work to be done for Roma, and no time to dwell on a thoroughly disheartening encounter.

Picking up the pieces quickly will be the as there’s still work to be done – with a visit to face the same opponents once again on the road just around the corner.

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