Roma boss Di Francesco takes credit for Barcelona fall

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 11/04/2018

Eusebio Di Francesco, AS Roma

Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco believes he should be accorded the necessary credit for masterminding Barcelona's exit from this season's UEFA Champions League campaign.

Barcelona who achieved the biggest comeback in UEFA Champions League history against PSG last season were on the wrong end of the joint second biggest second-leg reversal in this tie as Di Francesco's men pulled off a sensational second-leg comeback to beat Barcelona 3-0 and reach the Champions League semi-finals on away goals.

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Di Francesco in a postmatch interview with Mediaset Premium said: "I take the blame for defeats and some ungrateful words on social media, so I may as well take the credit for a win.

"The truth is that I made this choice to create more width, allow more counter-attacks and bring speed, but what really changed was the philosophy of the side and we have to continue like this now.

"Although we have had very good performances in Serie A, we are only now reaping the rewards – the just rewards – for the hard work we have done."

Roma who have kept five consecutive clean sheets in five matches at Stadio Olimpico in this season's Champions League, their best run without conceding on home soil in the European Cup/Champions League will now shift focus to Sunday's Serie A clash against Lazio away from home.