"The real Galacticos are the Giallorossi"
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs more like it.
Just when it looked as if Italian football was about to be written off again in Europe along came AS Roma to the rescue.
Twenty-four hours after Milan had relinquished their Champions League crown, the Romans handed out a football lesson to Real Madrid.
Faccia un bella figura, Ã¢ÂÂmaking a good impressionÃ¢ÂÂ, is an abiding preoccupation of Italian life and nowhere more so than in the capital, so itÃ¢ÂÂs no surprise that when it comes to football, victory must be achieved with a certain style.
Luciano SpallettiÃ¢ÂÂs team produced plenty of that in the Bernabeu although it also came with a newfound ruthless streak more in keeping with the likes of Milan and Juventus sides of the past.
The Giallorossi have certainly learnt their lesson from last seasonÃ¢ÂÂs humiliation at Manchester United where they crumbled at the slightest hint of a setback.
This was never going to happen in Madrid even when Raul equalised from a clearly offside position.
Spalletti summed it up nicely when he said: Ã¢ÂÂThe players responded to the occasion and we won because of our attitude and efforts on the night.Ã¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂThe real Galacticos are the Giallorossi,Ã¢ÂÂ crowed the Rome-based Corriere Dello Sport, reflecting the mood not only in the Eternal City but throughout the country.
Even the northern La Gazzetta dello Sport splashed their front page with a giant: Ã¢ÂÂGRAZIE ROMAÃ¢ÂÂ.
Outsiders such as Porto, Arsenal and Liverpool have all reached recent Champions League finals and it may be worth taking a punt on the much-maligned new kings of the Med this time around.