Tuesday February 12 2019
Rui Barros: Porto didn't want Roma

Former Porto and Juventus midfielder Rui Barros has confessed that Sergio Conceicao’s side ‘didn’t want’ Roma in the Champions League last 16.

Rui Barros [pictured, left] won a Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup with Juve between 1988 and 1990 and is currently in charge of Porto’s B team.

“At Porto we said something: that we didn’t want to face an Italian team,” the pint-sized Portuguese told Il Messaggero.

“Porto can win and the two teams are quite similar but if you face a Serie A team, you know you can also lose and lose well.

“Those who know football know that it’s never nice against them and Roma are a team who have great players, but above all they showed they could eliminate anyone last season.”

The tie gets under way at the Olimpico on Tuesday evening.

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