AS Roma sporting director Monchi has insisted that Barcelona isn’t going take the Italian’s lightly and neither should the media.
When the Champions League quarter-final draw was out in Switzerland a few weeks ago, a lot of football fans would have considered AS Roma vs Barcelona the most unmatched tie among the eight sides left in the competition. The La Liga giants are yet to lose a match in the league this season and are playing football at the highest level and look favorites against Roma in a two-legged quarter-final tie.
However, Monchi believes that Barcelona will be well-prepared to take Roma and the media are only creating these impressions of his side as underdogs. The former Sevilla director, who began the Spanish club’s purple patch since the start of the millennium has ensured that he wants success with AS Roma as well and can begin showing their growth after beating Barcelona across the two legs.
Monchi On The Barcelona Tie-
Speaking to news outlet Marca, the 49-year-old Spaniard was asked about his opinion on facing Barcelona to which he replied, “Obviously, it is difficult. That’s the word which comes to mind. Barcelona has a high chance of going through but it isn’t impossible at all. You have to play and know their history and quality, and the fact that they have a player like Lionel Messi, but we’ll try to take advantage of the opportunity.”
Monchi also added that Barcelona won’t have celebrated the draw against Roma, denying that there would be any overconfidence,” I’m convinced that Barcelona’s dressing room isn’t overconfident and respect Roma as much as possible and know that at this level, nothing is easy.” , he explained
There is definitely an opportunity for AS Roma to create a shock in the quarter-finals, the destroyed Chelsea in the group stages at Italian capital and have been underrated this season. Monchi will have studied Barcelona thoroughly and his tactics will have to be put into practice by the team, which I believe is capable of creating an exciting brand of football.