Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had his euphoria moment last night as his team reaches to Uefa Champions League 2017/18 semi-finals. Reds beat the Premier League’s best team to reach the semifinal stage as they beat Manchester City 5-1 aggregate. He had all praise for his team but he also took a moment to hail AS Roma victory over Barcelona.
BBC Football reports as Klopp said, “I walked up the stairs and somebody told me. I thought it was a joke. Not to disrespect Roma. They lost Salah and are in the semis. That’s something else.”
Klopp also added, “This competition is quite fair and I really think a normal final would have been Manchester City against Barcelona, and now they are both out. But there still be two other really strong teams in there plus Roma and us. We’ll see what happens but that’s not the thing I have to think about right now.”
Roma’s victory over Barcelona was a miracle but they are now eyeing final in Kiev. Giallorossi’s manager Eusebio di Francesco euphoria is over the moon. He said as Football Espana reports, “I take the blame for defeats and some ungrateful words on social media, so I may as well take the credit for a win! The truth is that I made this choice to create more width, allow more counter-attacks and bring rapidity, but what really changed was the philosophy of the side and we have to continue like this now.”
“Although we had very good performances in Serie A, we are only today reaping the rewards – the just rewards – for the hard work we have done. Of course, we should believe in the final. Why shouldn’t we believe? We came this far and nobody expected us to do it, so of course, we should push on and aim for something more, raise the bar every time.”
You can expect that kind of confidence when you eliminate one of the best in the world from the competition. Roma has reached to Uefa Champions League final stage after 34 years. They have right to be optimistic. It’s once in a lifetime opportunity and they must make the most of it.