AS Roma coach, Eusebio Di Francesco has charged his players to remain focused and put behind them their Champions League semi-final exit to win the remaining three games of the season.
Roma who is currently in third place in the Serie will play relegation battling side, Cagliari on Sunday but Eusebio wants to ensure they win all three matches to reach their objective of qualifying for next season Champions League.
Speaking in the pre-match conference, Di Francesco said the Liverpool match took a lot from his players leaving them with fatigue and injury.
“That match took a lot out of us so we’ve got a few players on the edge. I’ll assess the situation between today and tomorrow. [Kevin] Strootman won’t be involved, nor will [Diego] Perotti, [Gregoire] Defrel or [Rick] Karsdorp.”
On his opponents, he noted that “The fact they’re so set on getting points. Cagliari is always a tough place to go, and it will be a difficult encounter physically and mentally. We’re expecting a real battle in which we’ll need to bring our best weapons to the fore. We must show a completely determined attitude to cope with the heavy challenges that will be.”
On the management expectations, the Italian said, “The most positive aspect is that we all want to grow, strengthen our mentality and build something. I’m very happy about this. We’ll discuss the contract situation at the right time, but I’m relaxed and happy to continue down this path. However, we still need to reach our objectives, the main one being to qualify for the Champions League.”