‘Roma can send beautiful message’

Roma captain Daniele De Rossi says qualification for the Champions League last 16 would be “a beautiful message to send out to the rest of Europe.”

Roma will book their place in the Champions League last 16 with victory over Qarabag on Tuesday, and De Rossi admitted such an achievement would be ‘huge’ for the Giallorossi.

“Lapadula slap? I broke the silence first by apologising,” he said at a Press conference.

“I don’t think I can do any more. I mustn’t think about the past and just concentrate on reaching new heights with my teammates.

“The fans’ banner about me made me happy. They’ve always stood by my side in times of difficulty.

“The Champions League has given me great joys but also big disappointments. Qualifying would be huge for our European prospects

“I don’t remember us having such a good group campaign. it would be a beautiful message to send out to the rest of Europe.

“New stadium? I’ll be 38 and it’ll be difficult. To play until that age, you need so many things, it’s not easy.

“Not retiring until I win a Scudetto would be crazy, even if it’s not so impossible: if I didn’t believe it, maybe I would’ve already ended my career.

“The most important thing, however, is for us to reach the last 16.”

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