Di Francesco, De Rossi speak ahead of Shakhtar

John Solano

Eusebio Di Francesco and Daniele De Rossi spoke ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Shakhtar. These are their words:


This team turns it on and off sometimes. After three victories in a row, what is the antidote to the drops?
In the arc of the match, we must avoid the decline by giving continuity to our work. There will be moments where things alternate, as they are good at dribbling. We must be concentrated and compact. I hope we continue to grow.

He’s not doing well. He isn’t available to train today but we will see tomorrow.

Can you do without Ünder?
I prefer to talk about the team, though, Ünder has displayed a lot of determination in this period. We’re happy he’s with us, and we will manage him as best as we can. I won’t reveal if he will start, I want everyone’s attention level to be top and I won’t reveal who starts until tomorrow.

You face off in the Champions League as we all as against Champions League position rivals in this upcoming period.
We take things match by match. We will try to qualify for the next round knowing we face a strong opponent. We’ll be balanced and see what happen.



At what point are your conditions?
My condition is good. Saturday went better than I thought. I’ll see soon if I can do two matches in a row but I think so, I feel good and I’ve worked a lot.

You enter this match as a captain, mature and aware, and as a Roman and Romanista. How are you psychologically?
I enter calm, while aware of the importance but without pressure. The match-up will be split into two fights. My teammates are working well after a difficult period, but the team is very close.

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