» »


The Italian side will face Luis Enrique's men in
Group E of the Champions League on Wednesday
and the midfielder is wary of the dual threat posed
by the Catalan giants.

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has warned his
team-mates of the dual threat they will be need to
counter on Wednesday in the form of Barcelona and
Lionel Messi.

The sides meet at the Stadio Olimpico in Group E of
the Champions League as Luis Enrique returns to
his former club with the defending champions.
Grouped alongside BATE and Bayer Leverkusen,
Barca and Roma are heavily fancied to progress to
the knockout stages, with De Rossi also warning of
the need to avoid a repeat of the 7-1 mauling they
suffered at the hands of fellow European
heavyweights Bayern Munich last term.
"Barcelona are a special side in that, as well as
being the best team, they also boast the best player
around," he said on Tuesday.

"It's doubly difficult coming up against a team like
the Blaugrana, as they have both a great playing
style and exceptional individuals.

"Our aim is not simply to stop them but to work
hard during the match and help one another out.
Messi almost always beats a man, that's why we
have to stay compact and organised.
"Last season's match against the Germans was an
unusual game. But Bayern and Barcelona are
definitely on a similar level.

"They're two of the most dominant teams in the
world. Part of our efforts to qualify will be decided
tomorrow. We know it will be important, as opposed
to crucial, and we cannot think that it will have an
impact on our position in the standings and our
efforts in the league.

"Serie A and the Champions League are two
separate things, just like last year, although it
definitely hit us hard losing like that at home."
Luis Enrique endured a difficult 2011-12 season at
Roma as the Italian side were eliminated in the
Europa League play-offs by Slovan Bratislava
before finishing seventh in the league but De Rossi
has defended the 45-year-old.

"He resigned so we can't really blame the club. The
2011-12 season was a tricky campaign and people
judged it in a certain way, as is often the case in
Rome," De Rossi added.
"He also didn't get much support from the media
because perhaps it didn't suit their agenda.
"Since he left, he's shown he's not a mug like many
people made him out to be and he's been

"Yes, he has a great squad to work with but I'm
happy for him and his staff because they're lovely
people. Besides tomorrow, I'll always cheer him

Related Article

Posted By quadrihatic On 10:03 Tue, 15 Sep 2015

Comments:0 || Views:



Please LOGIN or REGISTER To Gain Full Access To This Article