Juan Jesus: ‘Tactical lesson for Barca’

Juan Jesus always believed Roma could qualify for the Champions League semi-final. “We gave Barcelona a lesson in tactics.”

Having lost the first leg 4-1, the Giallorossi turned it around with a 3-0 triumph at the Stadio Olimpico and a new 3-4-1-2 formation.

“Many didn’t believe, but I always believed,” Juan Jesus told Spor TV.

“If we look at the first leg, we did play well and were able to cause Barcelona a lot of problems. With all due respect to them, we gave Barcelona a lesson in tactics.

“Eusebio Di Francesco did so well. We were very concentrated and knew we could get the result we needed. We had just two days to prepare after the defeat to Fiorentina and knew it’d be tough, but this is football.

“The Coach told us on Monday that he was going to change formation with three at the back. I prepared straight away and gave everything to keep a clean sheet, leaving nothing to Leo Messi, even though he is the best in the world.”

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