Dzeko: ‘Roma not sacrificial lambs’

Edin Dzeko trusts Roma can have their say against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals. “Many thought we were sacrificial lambs.”

The Giallorossi have made a habit of causing upsets in the tournament this season, finishing their group ahead of Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.

“Barcelona are favourites not just for the quarter-finals, but to win the whole Champions League this year,” Dzeko told Bosnian site

“Having said that, if we play once again as a team, then we can do something good here. I don’t want it to seem like a cliché, but the qualification really is down to the whole team and not one player. I am very proud of the side for achieving this success.

“We must not forget that without that last-gasp Bruno Peres goal-line clearance in Ukraine, or Alisson’s saves, we would not have beaten Shakhtar Donetsk in the Round of 16.

“Playing as a team and considering every member important is the only way to compete with big clubs.”

Roma and Juventus have earned their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

“It’s the first time since 2007 that two Italian sides have reached this stage, so it’s a great result for Italian football, especially the year in which the Nazionale failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

“Roma won over many neutrals because we were in a really tough group and many thought we were sacrificial lambs to the slaughter, yet we were able to knock out Atletico Madrid, who played the Champions League Final a few years ago.

“Italian football is improving year by year, so I am not surprised that two clubs reached the top eight.”

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