Juan Jesus admits Roma “would always like to play like we do in the Champions League”, and is fully focused on tomorrow’s Spal game.
The Giallorossi are in the semi-finals in Europe, but they’re still facing a battle to ensure they qualify for the competition again next year. “When you talk about the Champions League the motivation changes automatically,” Juan Jesus told Roma’s Match Programme.
“The level of attention and concentration rises. It’s not that it isn’t there in the other games, it’s just different.
“It’s just spontaneous that you give something more, the Champions League changes your mentality. We can see that the spirit and the attitude of the team in the Champions League is totally different.
“When you hear that song a gear changes in your head and you go to 500,000km/h, not 2,000.
“Our Serie A form? We often talk about it in the dressing room, away from home we play great homes and then something doesn’t happen at home.
“We try to put in great performances every time we wear the Roma shirt, we always want to do our best but sometimes we can’t manage it.
“We’d always like to play like we do in the Champions League, but the games aren’t the same to prepare from a mental point of view.
“We play for Roma and we always have to have it in our heads that we need to win, even when we can’t.
“Liverpool? It’s difficult, because everyone talks about that as the most important game, but if we don’t beat Spal we’ll be out of the Champions League places.
“So first we have to think about getting three points to stay there, then we start preparing for the next one which prepares itself on a mental level.
“In short, it is more difficult to prepare those against opponents who seem to be easier on paper.
“A win will serve us a spur for the next one, if we lose it’ll then be difficult with Liverpool too.
“It will be a tough match, because we have already seen that so many great teams have suffered there.
“We must impose our rhythm from the beginning, give everything and try to get the result to maintain third place.”
The Brazilian was also asked for his reaction when the Lupi were drawn against Liverpool. “In that moment you can’t choose, all the teams are really strong.
When you get to this point there isn’t any team to choose, whatever team you get is fine.
“They’re strong, but so are we. We’re happy that Roma are there among the big teams. It’s not bad that we didn’t get Real Madrid though, they’re one of the best teams in the world right now.”
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