Di Francesco: We didn’t prepare the match based on Salah
After leading Roma to a historic win over Barcelona, Di Francesco is hoping he will become the first coach to take Roma to the final of the most prestigious tournament in Europe in its new form, the UEFA Champions League.
Midfielder Kevin Strootman suggested Roma will work on stopping Salah just like they planned on stopping Leonel Messi in the previous round, however Roma’s coach has other ideas.
“Strootman has become very smart, but I can assure you we didn’t prepare the match based on Salah.
“And plus, Salah is not here anymore, but I can count on Under, a young, skilled player.
“My philosophy is to move on. Once again, we’ve not focused on specific players. We’ll pay special attention to all their best players, not just Salah.”
Roma warmed up for Tuesday’s trip to Anfield by beating SPAL 3-0 in Serie A, though Di Francesco scoffed at the idea he may have used that game as preparation for Liverpool.
“First of all, there’s no comparison between Liverpool with our latest rival in the league,” he said.
“Liverpool is a great team, the team with the most vertical passes in the Champions League.
“They have proven themselves in the Champions League and Premier League. We’re here to play our game, impose our style, but we want to make the most of Liverpool’s weaknesses.
“We’ve shown we’ve progressed in terms of mentality and we need to prove that Tuesday.”
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