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Monza defender Giulio Donati, ex-Bayer Leverkusen, previews Roma showdown

SALERNO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Giulio Donati of AC Monza during the Serie A match between Salernitana and AC Monza at Stadio Arechi on February 26, 2023 in Salerno, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
John Solano

Former Bayer Leverkusen and current Monza defender Giulio Donati was interviewed by the German’s club official website, asked to weigh in on tonight’s Europa League semi-final against Roma.

Donati made 67 appearances for Bayer between 2013 and 2015 and warned his former side of the dangers the Giallorossi can present on the counter-attack.

“Roma have a very energetic team with lots of stand-out players like Stephan El Shaarawy and Tammy Abraham. But several key players did not feature against us (Monza) last week,” he said.

“You can say they have perfected the renowned Mourinho style: they let the opposition play in their own half with the focus more on defence and counter-attacking.”

“The fast and agile Leverkusen strikers could pose problems for Roma’s defence. They can be beaten. Particularly with set pieces as was the case in the game against us last week.”

He continued, “The first leg in Italy? Roma supporters are passionate and amongst the best in the whole of Italy. The stadium is massive and will be full against Leverkusen.”

“The atmosphere will be incredible and the team and the fans have grown even closer together through José Mourinho. But as far as I know the Leverkusen players, they will handle this special situation.”

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