Lunes, 27 May, 2019

Roma's 'destiny' to play Liverpool, says Di Francesco

Lucas in action for Lazio. Image PA Lucas in action for Lazio. Image PA
Alejandro Castrejon | Abril 15, 2018, 22:32

"It was destiny", said Di Francesco, whose side stunned Barcelona in the second leg of their quarter-final to secure their first semi-final in the competition since 1984, when Liverpool beat them in the final.

Juventus and Napoli are locked in the top spots, with Inter Milan one point behind Roma and Lazio in fifth before visiting Atalanta later Saturday.

"So happy and proud of the work done by both clubs!"

Those sentiments were wholeheartedly echoed by Liverpool's record-breaking forward.

In 2016, the Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos, conducting the group stage draw, came under scrutiny after appearing to pick up a ball, hold it for a few seconds and then drop it back again. "I believe that Liverpool is in their best moment of the season".

"Salah? Liverpool would have to be crazy to sell a player of his quality, unless someone offers an incredible sum of money".

In Friday's draw, the Italian side were duly paired with the Premier League club, and because Roma were drawn out second, they will play the second leg at home on May 2. We had a good time in the dressing room.

"Everybody knows how big Mohamed's impact on our season has been", Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said in comments published on the club's website. The Ukrainian city's mayor, former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, was at UEFA headquarters on Friday for the draw.

"There's always excitement to learn who you are going to face", he told Sky Sport Italia of the draw.

"Liverpool have made a statement like we did", said Roma captain Daniele De Rossi, who scored in the surprising 3-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday to overturn a 4-1 first-leg loss. This will be their first Champions League semi-final since 2008, when they lost to Chelsea.

Tempers flared late on when Correa was dismissed for clattering Martinez just before the final whistle. We played together for two years and were fighting together in all the games.