Peter Drury: Popular Commentator Explains Thought Behind ‘Roma Have Risen From Their Ruins’ vs Barcelona

Peter Drury: Popular Commentator Explains Thought Behind ‘Roma Have Risen From Their Ruins’ vs Barcelona

Martin Moses
  • Peter Drury has lifted the kid on how he came up with his most famous commentary
  • Drury was on duty when AS Roma surprised Barcelona to stage one of the best Champions League comebacks ever.
  • Kostas Manolas scored the vital goal that dumped Barcelona out of the Champions League

Peter Drury is good at what he does. He has mastered the art of football commentary the way Lionel Messi has mastered the art of conjuring greatness with his left foot.

Like how Kevin De Bruyne whips in crosses and defence-splitting passes with either foot. He is simply the GOAT of football commentary.

AS Roma, Lionel Messi, Peter Drury, Champions League, Barcelona
Lionel Messi reacts during that night in Rome on April 10th 2018. Photo by Andreas Solaro.
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For those who hadn't taken cognizance of Drury before, the AS Roma game vs Barcelona in 2018. Roma headed into the second leg of their quarter-final Champions League clash against the European giants looking to overturn a 4-1 deficit.

The clash at the Stadio Olimpico was thought to be a straightforward game for Barcelona to guarantee progression to the next round. Then the unthinkable happened.

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The Roma Comeback

Kostas Manolas rose highest to head in from a corner in the 82nd minute. It was Roma's third goal, enough to take them through on away goals after earlier strikes from Edin Dzeko and Danielle De Rossi.

It was then that Drury coined the now-famous lines:

"Roma have risen from their ruins! Manolas, the Greek God in Rome! The unthinkable unfolds before our eyes!
This was not meant to happen. This could not happen. This IS happening. It's a Greek from Mount Olympus who has come to the seven hills of Rome and pulled off a miracle!" as quoted by GMS.

The Greek god

The 55-year-old has now explained what was going through his mind at that particular moment. In the melee, he couldn't quite figure out who had scored immediately before the director told him it was Manolas.

He quickly used Manolas' country of birth, Greece and what they are known for historically to come up with one of the most aesthetically pleasing lines of all time.

The beauty of all this was that it wasn't planned. Not even in anyone's wildest dreams would someone have imagined that Roma could have knocked out a team with prime Luis Suarez. And Lionel Messi. Messi has always been prime since he made his debut.

When Drury settled the GOAT debate

Sports Brief had previously reported that Drury made comments about the controversial topic of who is better between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo two years ago that have now resurfaced online.

Drury is a legend in his own right, having built a reputation for himself for his poetic lines when commentating on football. Whilst he has always remained impartial, Drury had to settle for one in a conversation with Nana Aba. And he picked Messi.