Di Francesco likes Roma attitude before Liverpool clash

Ross Houston
April 23, 2018

"Now I have to face them, it's like going back in time".

"We defend as a team".

"I watched the first leg [against Barcelona], therefore it [the comeback] wasn't that big of a surprise to me as it was to many people", the former Germany worldwide, who is now sporting director at Bayer Leverkusen, said.

"He had a fantastic time there and became the player we have now, big credit to the staff and players at Roma because they were all part of his development".

Liverpool avoided Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the draw for the last four but Lovren insists that Roma doesn't provide Klopp's men with an easier route to Kiev. "What is most important is that the players want to play and that they are ready". "We are only opponents on the pitch - I feel this wonderful city can show [the world] how nice Liverpool people are, and the spirit of the club".

The Giallorossi dominated the shot count 14-6 at Spal but Di Francesco suggested his team would need to be more clinical at Anfield.

Barcelona who have just won Copa Delray and they are easily winning the 2018 La liga championship also were stunned and left to tears by Roma.

Roma ace Kevin Strootman sat down for an exclusive interview with Italian media outlet Repubblica, and shared how he unsuccessful tried to make contact with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah ahead of their huge Champions League clash in Rome tomorrow night.

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"The difference for me was Di Francesco, he changed a lot of things and he got it spot on", said captain Daniele De Rossi.

West Brom exposed Liverpool with two goals from set-pieces in the 2-2 Premier League draw at the weekend and the defence looked susceptible from crosses.

"They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn't deal with that how we should". The then-Roma coach, Luciano Spalletti, had helped develop Salah's all-around game so he was more than just a speedy winger, but an efficient and creative one, too.

Roma's astonishing recovery against Barca came after they had lost 4-1 on Spanish soil, though Voller felt that result was not a fair reflection of the game.

"They're more experienced of this situation than we are".

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