Roma ‘can kill Barca’s game’ – EDF

Roma Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has emphasised the importance of his side’s ‘mentality’ against Barcelona and believes they can ‘kill’ the match.

The Italian club take on the Catalan giants in the Champions League quarter-finals and will be clear underdogs for the tie, with the first leg at the Camp Nou on 4 April.

“I always want the team to play with personality,” Di Francesco explained in an interview with Roma TV.

“The idea is to kill the opponent’s game, the mental aspect is important; you have to show that you want to dominate.

“That’s the signal to face Barcelona, we need to show everything we have. If we’re on our game we can take on anyone, every team you face is different but your mentality is the same.

“If you face teams that defend and don’t try to play much it’s normal that you can dominate with the ball, but not everyone allows you to do that.

“Every game has a story of its own and we need to change our attitude if necessary.

“What’s important is to be on our game in both phases, that’s what we lacked when we had that drop-off, we weren’t beautiful in the sense that we weren’t compact.

“It’s a great satisfaction to be in the quarter finals, we’re very happy because it’s an objective which hasn’t always been achieved.

“We could have taken a lot more points in the league, but in Europe we’re taking a lot of satisfaction, even if we can’t be content.

“We’re only looking at ourselves. We’ll play with respect, we know how strong Barcelona are, but fear doesn’t help.”

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