EDF: ‘Roma can beat anyone’

Roma Coach Eusebio Di Francesco insists “if we’re on our game we can take on anyone” ahead of the Barcelona game on Wednesday.

The Giallorossi will be at Camp Nou for the first leg of their Champions League tie this week, with the Blaugrana heavy favourites to go through.

“I always want the team to play with personality,” Di Francesco explained in an interview with Roma TV.

“The idea is to kill the opponent’s game, the mental aspect is important; you have to show that you want to dominate.

“That’s the signal to face Barcelona, we need to show everything we have. If we’re on our game we can take on anyone, every team you face is different but your mentality is the same.

“If you face teams that defend and don’t try to play much it’s normal that you can dominate with the ball, but not everyone allows you to do that.

“Every game has a story of its own and we need to change our attitude if necessary.

“What’s important is to be on our game in both phases, that’s what we lacked when we had that drop-off, we weren’t beautiful in the sense that we weren’t compact.

“It’s a great satisfaction to be in the Quarter-Finals, we’re very happy because it’s an objective which hasn’t always been achieved.

“We could have taken a lot more points in the league, but in Europe we’re taking a lot of satisfaction, even if we can’t be content.

“We’re only looking at ourselves. We’ll play with respect, we know how strong Barcelona are, but fear doesn’t help.”

Di Francesco was also asked about Patrik Schick, who is yet to score in Serie A and hasn’t made an appearance in the Champions League.

“Shick has to keep working, chances are always just around the corner. He prefers to come in from the centre-right and send his teammates to the goal. I’ve made him play a bit wider, but not on the wing because he’s not a winger.

“It hasn’t always been easy, not least because his training has been interrupted with several injuries, but there’s no doubt about his quality.

“Can he play behind Edin Dzeko? Schick can play very well behind Edin, there are still a lot of games to go and he also has the quality to play as a centre-forward.

“He still doesn’t attack deep very well, he drifts a bit too wide. So he has to be good at attacking the depth.”

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