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Managers look ahead to FC Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Roma

Wednesday, February 21 2018 by 7MTV
  • SOUNDBITE (Portuguese):  Paulo Fonseca, coach of Shakhtar Donetsk:

    "Roma have changed some nuances in their game in the last three games. They came up with this triangle in the centre of the field. But generally speaking I don't think these little nuances will change opponent's tactics significantly. I can tell that Roma is a very strong team with high level players and it's led by an excellent coach."

    SOUNDBITE (Portuguese): Paulo Fonseca, coach of Shakhtar Donetsk:

    "If we look at the statistics and at the team's participating in championships which stop for winter - results in such matches of European cups aren't great. In any case I think such a pause isn't positive, it's rather a disadvantage. Nevertheless our team had time to prepare for a strong Roma and the game will be difficult in any case."

    SOUNDBITE (Portuguese): Paulo Fonseca, coach of Shakhtar Donetsk:

    "If we talk maths it's 50/50. Knowing my team and Roma I can tell that tomorrow's game will be rich in tactics. These two teams aren't afraid of their football."

    SOUNDBITE (Italian): Eusebio Di Francesco, coach of Roma

    "I saw the last few games of Shakhtar and they played very well, even when they lost. I like the identity given to them by their coach: the wish to play to attack, to play total football. The level has improves, even if Ukrainian teams are not very good physically, they are better quality-wise."

    SOUNDBITE (Italian): Daniele De Rossi, footballer

    "The condition (of Roma) is good. On Saturday (a 2-0 win over Udinese) it was even better then I thought and hoped for. We will see soon if I'm able to play, in just a few days, we will see but I think "yes". But I feel well, I'm prepared. I worked a lot (individually) last week although very little with teammates. I hope and believe to be able to play tomorrow."

    SOUNDBITE (Italian) Eusebio Di Francesco, coach of Roma

    "We've significantly upped the intensity of our training sessions. It adds a small element of risk but the idea is to fill up the tank for the business end of the campaign and I hope to see the benefits on the pitch. Now I see the team improving but as Daniele has previously said it's on the pitch that we have to do it."

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