Roma coach Di Francesco spoke to the press ahead of the Champions League clash against Porto. The Italian coach doesn’t want distractions, this is a vital match for everyone.
This is the moment to fight in order to get access to the next round of the Champions League. The UCL quarter-finals are not impossible for the Lupi, but Di Francesco’s group needs to put on the field competitive tenacity and nastiness rarely seen this season.
The Italian coach knows that Porto-Roma could be his last match with the giallorossi. Reportedly, a negative result at the Estadio do Dragao could be decisive for his future. But Di Francesco wants everyone to focus on the team rather than predicting his professional future.
“I’m not going to play tomorrow. I would like to put the attention not to Eusebio Di Francesco and his future because Roma play tomorrow,” said Di Francesco. “My sincere thought goes to Roma, not to myself but to my team and my guys that tomorrow can play a great match.”
Roma have a small advantage but the clash against Porto seems to be vital for the future of the coach. “The most difficult [moment] is the one yet to come. What happened in the derby influenced the general mood [of the group]. But we have to focus on this knockout match and everyone must give their best.”