Roma ahead Edin Dzeko mentioned he was relieved to have turned down a winter transfer to Chelsea after inspiring the Serie A aspect to a spot within the semifinals of the Champions League on the expense of Barcelona.
Dzeko set Roma on their strategy to a outstanding restoration in opposition to Barca, scoring the opener after which incomes a penalty in a Three-Zero win which noticed the Giallorossi upset the chances.
He may have been eradicated by the hands of Barca within the final spherical, had he accepted a transfer to Chelsea, however he says Tuesday night time solely confirmed he made the proper alternative.
“Now I can play in the semifinal too,” Dzeko advised Mediaset. “I’m not interested in money. It was not easy, but I stayed here for this kind of game. I’m happy and I think the club are too.”
Chatting with UEFA, Dzeko couldn’t discover the phrases to clarify his satisfaction in serving to the Serie A membership to a historic first Champions League semifinal.
“You cannot imagine, I mean it was incredible, crazy — I don’t know how to describe it,” he mentioned. “On the finish, we did it when undoubtedly no person believed in us. Clearly, we needed to consider, even earlier than the sport.
“If we needed to strive one thing, we knew that we had been enjoying in opposition to one of many greatest groups and clearly the primary purpose helped us lots, pushed us ahead much more with our nice followers behind us. We did all of it collectively.
Coach Eusebio Di Francesco is taking the plaudits for a tactical masterstroke which noticed Roma play with a three-man defence for the primary time beneath his steering, and with two centre forwards, with Dzeko partnered by Patrik Schick.
The previous Sassuolo boss was additionally profitable in motivating his group from the touchline, and maintain them calm when their dream appeared set to change into actuality.
“It’s difficult [to keep calm] when you score the third goal, and the third goal obviously brings you the semifinal, but [Di Francesco] was clever, there were still 10 minutes to play, with added time almost 15 minutes to play and we know what Barcelona can do, not just in 15 minutes but in one minute,” Dzeko mentioned.
“But we kept going all together, one for each other and we did it in style. [It’s the] first time in history — it means that for the club, for me, for all our great fans and we definitely enjoyed this one, but the semifinal will be even better.”
Ben Gladwell experiences on Serie A, the Italian nationwide group and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Affiliation. @UEFAcomBenG.