Champions League: Valverde reveals who caused Barcelona's 3-0 loss to Roma

11 April, 2018, 16:56 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Eusebio Di Francesco

Then he patted his chest and was mobbed by his Roma teammates.

Roma, on the other hand, have joined Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final draw which is due to take place on Friday April 13. They overturned a three-goal deficit to win the tie on away goals.

"The truth is that I made this choice to create more width, allow more counter-attacks and bring speed, but what really changed was the philosophy of the side and we have to continue like this now".

"I don't care about me going down in history", exclaimed Manolas. If we play like this we can play with anyone.

"I have never seen Barcelona struggle so much".

Roma reluctantly sold Salah last June.

Cengiz Under, another young attacking player, scored six goals for Roma in February and March and returned from injury by coming off the bench in the second leg.

Their capitulation climaxed minutes from time, when Kostas Manolas' late header condemned the Blaugrana to their third consecutive Champions League quarter final exit.

That came moments before Stephan El Shaarawy, another speedy and talented winger, was denied from close range.

"With their pressure, it forced us to knock balls long, we became disjointed and we were not able to win the second ball".

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Returning to the Liverpool dressing room, Juergen Klopp was savoring the unexpectedly smooth elimination of Manchester City. Four of their last seven bosses have failed to last more than one season; Eusebio Di Francesco is destined to overcome those odds after engineering remarkable progress in Europe.

The result earns recognition alongside the best comebacks in the competition's storied recent past, especially since it came only a little over a year on from Barca's own most famous "remontada"...

"But of course, tonight is unforgettable", Dzeko added.

"I'm not sure you cannot concede when you've got two strikers that don't put anything into defending", he said, per MailOnline's Robert Summerscales. "Nobody believed in us".

Schick should have put Roma 2-0 up on the night after being picked out by Federico Fazio's pin-point cross, but the forward sent his downward header wide of the post just before the half-hour mark.

"Imperiali!" - Imperials - said the headline in Wednesday's Gazzetta dello Sport.

It's the first time that Roma has reached the last four since it lost the 1984 final to Liverpool on penalties in its own stadium.

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Try as they might, they were unable to mount anything significant, and AS Roma caused the biggest upset in Champions League this season by defeating one of the title favourites and advancing to semi-finals. I respect Roma, fantastic football team. And the one link, the one abiding presence, was that of Daniele De Rossi. They got off to the worst of starts, however, when Edin Dzeko opened the scoring for the hosts in just the 6th minute.

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