not many teams come back from a 4-1 defeat at the Nou Camp in the first leg of a Champions League tie especially teams only featuring in the first European quarterfinal for ten years yet maybe after topping a group of death featuring Athletico Madrid and Chelsea it was obvious that this Roma team had something about them but the three nil win that took them through to the semi-finals made the world stand up and take notice this is how Roma and the tactics of their manager Eusebio DiFrancesco shot Europe now the question is whether they can do it again after Francesco Totti 's retirement losing mosula to Liverpool Antonio rüdiger to Chelsea and Luciano Spalletti leaving having amassed 87 Serie points last home you'd have been forgiven for not expecting much from the yellow Rossi this season but Roma have carried on the momentum that seen them moving in an upwardly mobile direction under ambitious new owners in recent years that's in no small part down to DeFrancesco a man who helped the club to their last Scudetto as a tireless midfielder back in 2000 2001 after five successful years in charger Sassuolo who he guided to promotion from Serie B numerous respectable finishes and a Europa League campaign the Roma hierarchy brought him back into the fold describing it as the ideal formation different chesco almost always favors of 433 although the second leg of the Barcelona tie showed that he's not afraid to mix it up when required by switching to a 341 Roma nullified the La Liga champions in waiting while still allowing them the attack potency to get the three goals they needed to knock them out but although using the same approach and field looked like a good move for the first 20 minutes persisting with a Highline saw them annihilated by the pace and movement of Liverpool's front free ordinarily Roma employ a pragmatic 4-3-3 that shifts to a 451 when out of possession and requires defensive responsibilities from Weidman a midfield trio regularly made up of at least two of Kevin strootman Daniele De Rossi and Roger New England is a match for anyone and provides a solid blend of experience nouse physicality and attacking threat at the back row Murrah marshaled by kostas mannerless and federico fat co playing in front of one of the best young keepers in the world allison and have gone their whole Champions League campaign without conceding a goal at home attack-minded fall backs like alexander kolarov and alessandro florenzi chip him with a good number of assists and pre assists either crossing directly fred in jekko or by drawing in defenders and creating space for midfielders to set up the big bosnian after being reduced to a bit part role towards the end of his time at manchester city Jayco is landed on his feet in the Italian capital scoring a club record 39 goals last season and can still cause any team problems even at the age of 30 to add to the unpredictable Stephan El Shaarawy and exciting young signings like seunga's under and Patrick Schick into the mix and you've got a team that can pretty much do the law dynamic and possession orientated but not afraid to use their physicality to their advantage counter-attack all press Roma found a way to get results against some of Europe's biggest teams this season but it's not just on the pitch where things are looking bright X severe sporting director Monty the man responsible for bringing dani alves and Ivan racket H to Andalusia is now on board in Rome meanwhile plans to move from the somewhat dated and often half-empty Olimpico to a new state-of-the-art stadium are well underway different chess COEs methods might not necessarily be anything revolutionary but his got his side right on board and giving them a real sense of purpose as he recently explained to the Guardian saying what we do is a job but it needs to be fun too it should be a joy that's why I always say to the lads the first thought is to prepare to enjoy ourselves together and work hard they have to enjoy themselves this is a game first of all it's an approach that's working well so far the only things that remain to be seen are how far it can take them and whether they can pull off another miracle against Liverpool which would take them to the brink of history
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In collaboration with Top Eleven, we look at how Di Francesco's tactics have managed to get Rome to the semi-finals in a shocking comeback against Barcelona...Will they be able to do the same against Liverpool?
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