Roma to demolish Qarabag and score the most Champions League goals tonight?
06 Diciembre, 2017, 17:39
In the first half Roma failed to find a way through despite Edin Dzeko, Stephan El Shaarawy and Kostas Manola's efforts with Bosnian goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic doing well to keep out a Radja Nainggolan strike and an Aleksandar Kolarov follow-up just before the break.
"We are among the best 16 teams in Europe and we have to think like a big team, that means not being afraid of anyone".
A Roman-born Romanista from the tough seaside town of Ostia, De Rossi's lifetime of support for (and career with) the Giallorossi allows him the sort of leeway with the fans that most other players wouldn't be permitted.
"It's a magnificent result for us, for our confidence, for the rest of our season and for Roma's reputation on the international stage".
The project is still subject to "various administrative passages", he said, including the council vote on modifying the city's urban plan "and then there will be a new passage in the regional government that will give the definitive certification to build".
The stakes are too high and the difference in quality is too significant for the Romans to blow this glorious chance to advance to the next round.
De Rossi's side have one aim on Tuesday: win. On the field, Roma's 1-0 win over Qarabag on Tuesday meant they won their group in the Champions League - a competition in which they have suffered a string of recent humiliations.
For their new 55,000-seater Stadio della Roma stadium their fans will have to wait until at least 2020, but the Champions League action continues in February. "That was the start of a great group stage for us". The Azerbaijani coach has three starting defenders out for their trip to Rome, with centre-back Badavi Huseynov and Albanian left-back Ansi Agolli both injured and Huseynov's central defensive partner, Rashad Sadygov, is suspended after the unfortunate red card he received during their 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea last time out. They will be without Rasad Sadikov and Pedro Henrique. He was excellent in the 3-0 demolition of Chelsea in Rome but watched on they lost 2-0 to Atletico in Madrid, reduced to a spectator's role because his legs can no longer play twice in a week.
With as much as €20 million riding on Tuesday's match, Di Francesco can't afford to take any chances.
Captain Daniele de Rossi credited new coach Eusebio Di Francesco with taking Roma to another level after the Serie A outfit topped their Champions League group ahead of Premier League champions Chelsea.
"It's a result nobody dared hope for when the draw was made", De Rossi told Mediaset Premium.