Roma boss Di Francesco happy with Messi, Barca challenge

Ruben Hill
March 19, 2018

Director of Sport and Roma legend Francesco Totti insists that Barcelona won't find it easy against the Giallorossi.

Barcelona eased past Premier League champions as they beat Chelsea 3-0 at the Camp Nou to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the elite tournament as Lionel Messi scored thrice over the two legs.

La Blaugrana is now in pole position, eight points clear of rivals Atletico Madrid the La Liga table and look favorites to dethrone Real Madrid as the champions of Spain.

"It is hard to say who is the best, they are all hard, Real Madrid is used to winning everything; but Manchester City is the strongest for me", he said in an interview with the club's official radio.

'Every team is hard at this stage, but we face this tie with serenity and tranquillity.

"We face this challenge with serenity and tranquility, we know that Barcelona is one of the strongest teams in Europe but we know that we can do well against them too".

"On paper, Sevilla and Liverpool were the affordable sides, but that's not the case".

'Rest assured that they'll be concerned about facing Roma too.

"Everyone wants to play against Rome, well, keep calm", he said, adding that "the group is mentally strong about what can be found in the future".

Roma sports director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, or commonly known as Monchi, who played key role for bringing Turkey's Cengiz Under to the Italian club, praised the Turkish right winger's overall performance. Football is great, especially for games like these.

"It's a tie both teams are looking forward to and we'll go into it with our feet on the ground". Dealing with players like Messi and Suarez gives us great motivation.

"We finished first in a very hard first round, we [then] faced Shakhtar and we made a positive journey", he said. "They are all hard, [but] Barcelona will have to sweat to beat Roma".

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