Roma Captain Daniele De Rossi made it clear that his side were paired with the best team in Europe.
The Giallorossi were drawn with Barcelona in today’s Champions League Quarter-Finals draw and La Magica face a tough challenge if they are to progress through to the Semi-Finals as the Blaugrana are unbeaten in La Liga and the Champions League this season.
Daniele De Rossi discussed the draw with Roma’s official website this afternoon.
“There were only great sides left in the draw. Maybe we would have preferred one of the others, but we’re in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and already showed how proud we were about that.
“We were going to face one of the best seven sides around, maybe it’s a shame we ended up with arguably the best, but that’s the draw. So enough about luck or bad luck, we will focus on the two League games ahead of us and then, when the time comes, we will prepare and prepare very well for two huge nights, two big European occasions for Roma. We’ll get ready, be very prepared. Never say never.
“We saw how Chelsea played – they didn’t win, but they had Barca in trouble at times and we will try to do that and more. We will be playing against some of the best players in the history of the game, a lot of players that have had an impact on one of the great, unforgettable dynasties in football. They’ve changed the way we think about football, the way we play the game. But, nevertheless, there will be 11 of us, there will be 11 of them, we will prepare to go and try to win
“Mentally, we’ll have to be fired up, we’ll have to have an awareness that, while we might not be as good as them, anything can happen in football. We’re not here through luck, we don’t have to play the loser’s role.
“We have to put in two great performances first in order to be ready mentally, first against Crotone and then Bologna – these are certainly important games we have before all that, both for the League campaign but also to prepare the right way for those games against Barcelona”.