Monchi: ‘Tracking EDF for a while’

Monchi reveals he’s been following Coach Eusebio Di Francesco’s progress for a while, so is not surprised by his strong Roma start.

It kicks off at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium at 19.45 GMT.

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Monchi is a former Sevilla director, so his first thought was for Sevilla Coach Eduardo Berizzo, who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“I send a strong embrace and wish Berizzo all the best for this difficult journey, hoping he finds a positive solution,” Monchi told Mediaset Premium.

Roma need only a point to qualify for the Champions League Round of 16 and eliminate Atletico Madrid, after Chelsea won 4-0 away to 10-man Qarabag.

“We started watching Di Francesco at Sassuolo two years ago, when they had a good run in Serie A and qualified for the Europa League.

“My work is to watch everything I think is interesting in football and the journey Eusebio had at Sassuolo was certainly interesting.”

Juventus host Barcelona this evening and Leo Messi is surprisingly on the bench, so is this a sign his contract might not be renewed?

“I heard all the comments and I think the situation is fine. For the good of Spanish football, I hope Messi stays at Barcelona.”

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