Knockouts the target as Roma welcome BATE
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
"We want to be in Nyon for the next draw," Roma coach Rudi Garcia said as his side welcome BATE, with both sides desperate for a win and a round of 16 place.
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- "It is like a derby," says Rudi Garcia of Roma's decisive meeting with BATE
- Aleksandr Yermakovich brought BATE to Rome a week ago to prepare
- Roma qualify with a win, or if they draw and Leverkusen do not beat Barcelona
- BATE must win and hope Leverkusen do not
- Roma have let in 16 goals, two more than any other team that has ever gone through
Roma: Szczęsny; Maicon, Castan, Manolas, Digne; De Rossi, Nainggolan, Pjanić; Florenzi, Džeko, Falqué.
Out: Gervinho (thigh), Totti (thigh), Torosidis (thigh)
Doubtful: Salah (ankle)
BATE: Chernik; Zhavnerchik, Polyakov, Milunović, Mladenović; Nikolić, A Volodko, Hleb; Stasevich, Gordeichuk, Mozolevski.
Rudi Garcia, Roma coach
We have 18 players that will give everything to win, because there is no other target but winning. The team that wins will be the one that has more desire, and our desire is amazing. It is like a derby. The way we battle out on the pitch will show what we want. And we want to be in Nyon for the next draw.
Aleksandr Yermakovich, BATE coach
We have been in Rome for a week and this is not the first time we have been in this city. It was a good idea coming here in advance, so we have had the chance to prepare ourselves best possible for this matchWe have seen their match against Torino and even if Roma conceded an equaliser in the last minute, they confimed what we know about them: Roma is a strong and solid team.
We rested a week before coming to Rome to prepare the game. This is the most important race for us: they have a lot of experience and tomorrow we'll see if our preparationwere good. This is the last game of the season, but the importance of the match is such that I don't even want to hear anything about tiredness or other excuses.
Torino 1-1 Roma (Maxi López 90+4; Pjanić 83)
The Giallorossi's winless Serie A run stretched to three games after they were denied by a 94th-minute penalty from Maxi López. Miralem Pjanić's free-kick – his seventh goal of the campaign – looked to have given his side a first away win since 25 October.
BATE – the 2015 Belarusian Premier League season ended on 8 November.
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