Manolas: ‘Roma believed!’

Kostas Manolas said Roma knew they could upset Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final because “if we have our crowd, nobody can beat us.”

They had lost the first leg 4-1 at Camp Nou, but won 3-0 at the sold out Olimpico to turn it all around and win on away goals, 4-4 on aggregate.

“I don’t care about me going down in history. I care about Roma reaching the Champions League semi-final against the best team in the world, Barcelona,” Manolas told Mediaset Premium.

“We believed from the first leg, as we lost 4-1 and were denied two penalties, but we saw the team was there. We put in the performance. We knew we could do it and we showed our strength.

“We were coming off three bad results, we had a lot of stress, but we gave everything and we proved that if we have our crowd behind us, nobody can beat us.

“We need these fans to give us a push. If they always flock here in these numbers, Roma can become one of the best teams in Italy.

“We’ve been a rogue figure in the Champions League since the group stage, we’ve caused problems for everyone and we want to continue that in the semi-finals.”

Roma have not conceded a single goal in home fixtures in Europe this season and also beat Chelsea here 3-0 in the group phase.

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