Di Francesco On Roma Win: I Deserve The Credit

Di Francesco On Roma Win: I Deserve The Credit

Pledging his allegiance for Roma then, Dzeko declared that he was determined to accomplish something important with the Italian club.

Reigning titleholders Real Madrid will play host to Juventus at Wednesday's UEFA Champions League quarterfinal return legs.

Pallotta, a Boston executive who was part of the four-man American team that purchased Roma in 2011, is also a minority owner of the Boston Celtics.

"I would be lying if I said we could use this as a learning experience because previous year we went out in a similar way", added Busquets.

"We had no response, everything went for them and for us we struggled to build our play", he told reporters. "I don't have an adjective to describe it. Let's just say it was a insane match - incredible".

Roma forward Edin Dzeko had opened the scoring when he beat the offside trap and latched onto a perfectly weighted through ball from Daniele De Rossi to score in the sixth minute, lifting the hopes of the boisterous home fans in the Olympic Stadium. - "Go Roma" in Roman dialect - followed by two heart emojis in yellow and red.

Lionel Messi in action AS Roma.

Roma capitalized on its aerial threat through Dzeko and Patrik Schick and its stifling defense forced Barcelona into a series of uncharacteristic misplaced passes. They never got going in the game as Roma didn't let them breathe with their constant pressure. "For that reason they were better in all aspects tonight". We all wanted to win the competition but only one can win. Very hard to accept.

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"We all believed, even if everyone else gave us a five per cent chance", Dzeko added. "The Champions League punishes you for that".

His lack of top-level experience showed on Tuesday, though, and the team's European hopes will therefore have to be put on hold for another year at least. "It's the cool thing in the game, that it's still possible".

Jurgen Klopp side made it 4-1 on aggregate 10 minutes into the second half with a clean Mohamed Salah strike, before Roberto Firmino scored the victor for the night to end the game 5-1 on aggregate.

City hit the post through Bernardo Silva and had a goal by Leroy Sane incorrectly disallowed for offside in the last minutes of the first half.

"They lost Mo Salah and they are in the semis", Klopp said.

But three goals without reply completed a stunning comeback for the Giallorossi, who now join Liverpool in the last four.

Liverpool trails Pep Guardiola's City in the Premier League by 17 points in third place. "I would say they deserve to get in the final".

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