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Serie A 2018-19, Juventus 1-0 Roma: 5 Talking Points and Tactical Analysis

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23 Dec 2018, 10:21 IST

#4 Olsen keeps the score respectable

Olsen was sensational against Juventus
Olsen was sensational against Juventus

Robin Olsen, the Roma goalkeeper, had a night to remember as he was arguably the best player on the pitch.

The Swede made a host of top-class saves and single-handedly ensured his side weren’t on the receiving end of a mauling.

Though Juventus failed to showcase the attacking inventiveness they are capable of, they still created decent chances. Alex Sandro was the first to go eyeball to eyeball with Olsen and the latter came out with flying colours.

Apart from a couple of routine saves, he didn’t have much to do in the first half, yet his command over the penalty area was quite impressive. 

In the second period, he made at least two world-class saves, which included a point-blank save from Ronaldo.

While a case could be made for the ball to be fired straight at him, the Swede did what all good goalkeepers do: narrow the angle, stay big and make the target as small as possible.

When Alisson left for Liverpool in the summer, many fans feared the worst. However, Olsen has made sure that the Brazilian hasn’t been missed. Though a comparison could still be premature, performances like Saturday night would certainly catapult him into that echelon.

At times, Roma looked clueless on the pitch and if it hadn’t been for their giant Swede, they could well have gone home embarrassed.

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