Great news from Nyon! The giallorossi were paired with the Blaugrana in the UCL quarterfinals.
The first two balls picked by the Ukrainian star Andriy Shevchenko were those of the Spanish giants and the team of the Italian capital.
Francesco Totti, who attended the UCL draws with Monchi , smiled. A facial expression that could be interpreted in different ways. The Roma legend knows that this challenge is difficult, a mountain to climb for Di Francesco‘s crew. However, the legendary captain always loved these kinds of clashes. The European stage is tough but also an environment that stimulates to grow and establish itself in the elite of football.
“Today, after I read the Spanish newspaper ‘AS’, I was expecting this draw. Now we have to demonstrate that we can play against them too. Although everybody expects Barcelona to pass, Roma can do well. We have a great excitement to play against players like Suarez and Messi. But it’s not going to be easy. We ended in the first position in a very tough group. Our path has been very positive so far. Anyway, it would have been the same situation if we would have paired with Manchester City, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. All the match are difficult at this stage of the Champions League.”
Roma will play the Champions League first-leg in Barcelona on April 3, 2018. The second-leg, instead, will take place at the Stadio Olimpico on April 10, 2018.