Roma comeback vs. Barcelona inspired by Al Pacino’s ‘Any Given Sunday’ speech

Roma comeback vs. Barcelona inspired by Al Pacino’s ‘Any Given Sunday’ speech

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Gregoire Defrel has revealed the secret of Roma's fairytale Champions League heroics against Barcelona: Al Pacino's iconic team talk in the movie "Any Given Sunday." In the film about an American football team, nfl jersey shop china Pacino -- as coach Tony D'Amato -- urges his team to "climb out of hell one inch at a time" ahead of a game that ends in typical Hollywood fashion. Even scriptwriters would have struggled to imagine the scenario Roma wrote for themselves in the Stadio Olimpico as they stunned Barca by reversing their 4-1 first-leg deficit with a 3-0 win that took them through to the semifinals on away goals. Defrel told RMC the comeback had been inspired by coach Eusebio Di Francesco -- and his use of classic Pacino. "The coach…
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Lionel Messi guilty of disappearing but Barcelona tainting his legacy

Lionel Messi guilty of disappearing but Barcelona tainting his legacy

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The soul-searching didn't wait until Wednesday in Barcelona. It began on Tuesday, as soon as the final whistle blew at the Stadio Olimpico and Roma's place in nfl football shop the Champions League semifinal was confirmed. Barcelona and Lionel Messi, for the third season in a row and the fourth time in five years, were kicked out of Europe in the last eight. "Barca spent the whole game waiting for a miracle from Messi," the director of Catalan newspaper Diario Sport, Ernest Folch, wrote in the minutes after the game. "So often he is able to hide their weaknesses. But it didn't arrive this time. No one has managed that in La Liga this season. Messi, with 29, has scored more than anyone else in Spain's top flight. He's set…
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