BATE Borisov Coach Aleksandr Yermakovich laughed off Roma’s “11 wolves” pledge. “We’ll try to win with 11 players.”
The Champions League showdown is at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday at 19.45 GMT and only one of these two teams will go through to the Round of 16.
BATE won 3-2 in Belarus when they last met and have been in Rome since last Wednesday in a focused training camp.
“Arriving a week early did not cause us stress and it has been an advantage,” assured Yermakovich in his Press conference.
“Tomorrow’s match is extremely important and we’ve been preparing all week for this event. Roma are an experienced side and we’ll have to be at our best.
“We are concentrated only on the game and what happens on the field.”
Rudi Garcia has not been given the benefit of such concentration, as his team played a 1-1 draw at Torino on Saturday.
“We watched Roma’s game with Torino, it ended 1-1, but their victory was only snatched away at the last moment. That performance confirmed our opinion on them.
“What tactics will we use? Our set-up will be based on how Roma approach the game.”
Garcia said Roma will have “11 wolves” on the field in tomorrow’s match, referencing the club symbol.
“Well we will try to win it with 11 football players instead,” smiled Yermakovich. “We realise Garcia has to motivate his squad.”