Somehow, Roma progressed into the semi-finals of the Europa League after a 4-1 win over Feyenoord in extra-time. But without Paulo Dybala’s brilliance, that may not have been possible and that has been the story of the season for the Giallorossi.
Dybala’s excellent goal in the 89th minute of the tie took the game to extra-time and it was arguably one of the best Dybala goals one could ever see.
So far in the season, Dybala has contributed to 18 goals in the Serie A and that includes 11 goals and seven assists. In the Europa League, he has now scored four times and has one assist in nine games so far in the competition. Statistically though, he has almost come up with a goal contribution in every game he has played, as evident from his exceptional 0.95 goals plus assists per 90 minutes stat in the league.
And that should be enough to emphasise how important La Joya is to Roma, who like to operate on the counter-attack and like to use combinations involving Tammy Abraham, Dybala and Lorenzo Pellegrini in the final third. The all-important goal at the Olimpico today was only symbolic of how Roma may not be as good as they are without him.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN