Di Francesco speaks before Barca


Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco spoke today ahead of the Giallorossi’s second leg clash against Barcelona. These are his words:

There will be 60,000 fans tomorrow, is this an extra piece of responsibility for you?
Every time there is a responsibility for us, regardless of the number of supporters. We must always play the best for this shirt, plus we must respond to the 4-1 shoreline from the first leg and give a great response. This is why I expect great involvement from the fans, who can be an extra weapon for us, but we must first spur them all on with a great physical, emotional, and technical performance: in every sense.

After Fiorentina, you talked about the lack of intensity in training.
I must take this opportunity to clarify because in Rome it is easy to misrepresent what is said and to put everyone against everyone. My thoughts were related to the final training session, where we went over our opponent’s maneuvers and I was angry because even in that session we scored few goals. The lack of ruthlessness in the easy things you do carries over into the match, this was the reference. It is not true that the lads train without intensity or attention.

Ünder and Perotti? Will there be room for Schick?
There may be room for Schick, and to find the way to goal. He or Ünder could be involved. I’ll observe Ünder in today’s session then I’ll make a determination. Under will certainly be called if everything today is fine, but Perotti will not be there.

Could Nainggolan play in teams like Real Madrid or Barcelona?
For me, Radja could very well play in a huge team, tomorrow he has to prove that. It is the responsibility of a player like him to do so. He has impressive potential, perhaps not all of it has been revealed, but these are the opportunities to show it and to drag his teammates forward.

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