Roma vs. AC Milan: 5 Things We Learned

Matteo BonettiContributor IApril 25, 2014

Roma vs. AC Milan: 5 Things We Learned

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    Roma's 2-0 win over Milan on Friday means that Juventus won't clinch the Scudetto this weekend, who were hoping that a slip-up from the Giallorossi would finally verify their title dreams.

    The Capital club dominated throughout most of the match, destroying Milan on the counter and suffocating them in their own half where they couldn't get much going.

    The defensive effort from the Giallorossi was also noteworthy, and fans can be happy knowing they've clinched the second spot in the standings and will be automatically placed in the Champions League group stage.

    Here are five things we learned from this pivotal Serie A match.

Balotelli Sulks Once Again

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    Roma did a fantastic job of rendering Mario Balotelli ineffective. The striker known affectionately as "Super Mario" failed to get anything going, as he was suffocated by the likes of Leandro Castan and Radja Nainggolan.

    Balotelli was taken off in the second half for Giampaolo Pazzini and was visibly angered. He had a semi-heated exchange with Clarence Seedorf and proceeded to sulk on the bench.

    You have to wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Milan, as a recent bout of good form has been all but forgotten with this bitter defeat.

Roma Can Triumph

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    It's a good time to be a Roma supporter.

    Not only will the club build a state-of-the-art stadium modeled after the Colosseum, but they'll keep improving the squad and market their product to a global audience to further increase brand recognition.

    On top of that, Roma have clinched the Champions League group stage and can take solace in knowing that they've avoided the always tricky qualification round.

Milan Attackers out of Sync

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    Milan's front four of Keisuke Honda, Adel Taarabt, Kaka and Mario Balotelli were simply not good enough against Roma.

    The Giallorossi midfielders including Daniele De Rossi and Radja Nainggolan were fantastic in covering back and helping their defense.

    However, much more is needed from a lineup that prides itself on possession and building up play comfortably. Milan didn't have the right players to engage in a counterattack style, so Rudi Garcia's men put them out of their comfort zone from the very beginning.

Roma Will Be a Tricky Team in Champions League Next Season

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    Roma has given the world a masterclass on how to successfully build a competitive club without breaking the bank in a ludicrous fashion.

    Their savvy spending last summer has given them a quality team with plenty of young talents who built themselves from the back and midfield. Roma's defense is perhaps the most redeeming quality, while the midfield goes very deep and includes a multitude of versatile players who are also very technical in possession.

    In the attack, Roma has the young Mattia Destro (23), who has been one of the most clinical strikers in Italy, while Gervinho has vastly improved after being reunited with his old coach Garcia.

Milan Is Now a Big Risk for Europe

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    After winning five games in a row and keeping four clean sheets, it seemed that Milan were likely to book the last Europa League spot after tying Parma for sixth place in the Serie A standings.

    With this loss, Torino, Hellas Verona or Lazio can leapfrog Milan, as they're all within two points. In addition, Parma could move three points ahead if they win over the weekend.

    To make matters worse, the Rossoneri face their city rivals Inter in the famed Derby della Madonnina next weekend.