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Wednesday December 6 2017
Roma slowly but surely

Roma did a remarkable job topping their Champions League group, but Andrea Tallarita believes their achievement should not be overstated.

And so, down with Qarabag, the way it was meant to be, with none of the unnecessary drama that usually follows the Roma colours. For this reason and others, this legitimately feels like a different season for ‘romanisti’ everywhere.

The result of the match was a predictable win. The outcome of the group, with Roma topping a heavyweight free-for-all, only a season since they were knocked out by Porto at the playoffs, is an unexpected triumph.

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Wednesday December 6 2017
Simeone makes Roma admission

Diego Simeone claims Atletico Madrid picking up less points against Qarabag than Roma in the Champions League shows “how wonderful football can be.”

Atleti dropped into the Europa League for the first time under Simeone on Tuesday as their 1-1 draw with Chelsea was bettered by Roma’s 1-0 victory over Qarabag, and Simeone was perplexed by how his side performed better against Group C’s top team than the bottom-placed Azeris.

“It hurts because of how wonderful football can be,” the Coach said after the game.

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Wednesday December 6 2017
Nainggolan: No-one believed in us

Radja Nainggolan says Roma enjoyed silencing their critics after they qualified for the Champions League last 16. “Nobody thought we’d get through…”

Roma finished top of Group C with a 1-0 win against Qarabag on Tuesday, which also meant they would avoid the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in the first knockout phase.

“It’s a good result and a struggle on the night, because Qarabag were all in defence, but we showed the right patience to find a way through,” the midfielder said after the game.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
Conte: 'Roma deserved it'

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits Roma “deserved” to win the Champions League group. “It’s a good sign for Italian football, awaiting Napoli.”

The Giallorossi knocked Atletico Madrid out and pushed the Premier League title holders into second place.

“We knew that this was a difficult group, but today we deserved a victory against Atletico Madrid,” Conte told Mediaset Premium after their 1-1 draw.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
De Rossi: 'Clean up Roma image'

Daniele De Rossi hopes winning the Champions League group can “clean up the image of Roma in Europe in a way.”

The Giallorossi finished ahead of Chelsea thanks to tonight’s 1-0 win over Qarabag, which eliminated Atletico Madrid from the tournament.

“It’s a result nobody dared hope for when the draw was made,” De Rossi told Mediaset Premium.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
EDF: 'People assumed Roma were out'

Eusebio Di Francesco finds Roma topping the Champions League group “satisfying because everyone assumed we’d be eliminated” by Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.

Tonight’s 1-0 victory over Qarabag, along with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, means the Giallorossi reach the Last 16 as group winners.

“It was a great victory, a difficult one, especially as I have no Champions League experience,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
Allegri: 'Juve must think positive'

Max Allegri wants Juventus to “go for the jugular” when in the lead, but urged their fans to “stop being so negative” about the Champions League.

Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi got the goals in a 2-0 result away to Olympiacos, going through second in the group behind Barcelona.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
Cuadrado: 'Juve achieved aims'

Juan Cuadrado notes Juventus got the job done with a 2-0 victory away to Olympiacos, qualifying for the Champions League Round of 16.

Cuadrado opened the scoring in Greece before a late Federico Bernardeschi scorcher.

“I am happy, as it was important to win tonight. Our first objective was passage to the Champions League Round of 16, now we can turn the page and focus on Inter this weekend,” the Colombian told Mediaset Premium.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
Perotti: 'Nobody believed in Roma'

Diego Perotti admits “when the draw was made, nobody believed” in Roma, but they won the group ahead of Chelsea and knocked out Atletico Madrid.

“It’s a wonderful moment for us,” the Argentine told Mediaset Premium.

“When the draw was made, nobody believed in us, but we worked hard and I think we deserved this first place.”

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Tuesday December 5 2017
CL: Roma through as group winners

Diego Perotti’s header gave Roma victory over Qarabag and ensured they won the Champions League group ahead of Chelsea, eliminating Atletico Madrid.

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