Monday February 11 2019
EDF: Roma, bring back enthusiasm!

Eusebio Di Francesco has described Roma’s Champions League last-16 tie with Porto as ‘an important opportunity for us to regain enthusiasm’.

Roma are still in the Champions League, despite their mixed domestic form, and Di Francesco agreed with Lorenzo Pellegrini that surpassing Porto would kickstart their season.

“The path is long, but it’s an important opportunity for us to have a great game and regain enthusiasm,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“There are only two Italian sides left in the Champions League, so we have to be ambitious.

“Porto without Marega and Corona? They have excellent replacements, Tiquinho Soares and Otavio, two important players, could play.

“Porto, beyond individuals, are a team who know what they want and are among the teams who have won the most defensive duels in the Champions League.

“That means they know what they want. It’ll be an important clash. Injuries? Manolas has trained with the team.

“Olsen will be a doubt until tomorrow morning and Schick won’t be in the squad due to a muscle injury.

“Perotti and Under could come back against Bologna. Nzonzi? I still have to decide whether he’ll play with De Rossi or be left out.

“I consider them both starters. Daniele will train with the squad today and if he gives a positive response, he’ll certainly play.

“Conceicao? He’s doing a great job and given his team an identity. Zaniolo out wide or through the middle? He can play in both positions, it’s nothing new.

“He can play on the right too. I can’t give you my XI, but there are also Kluivert and Florenzi.”

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