AS Roma manager Luciano Spalletti has charged his team to ‘do the impossible’ by eliminating Real Madrid from the Champions League.
The Italian side visits the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday night in the round of 16 second leg having lost the first 2-0 at home and while it seems an impossible task for them to overturn the deficit, Spalletti is charging his wards to get it done.
“I’m asking my team to do the impossible,” he told the Uefa website. “The way they are training allows me to ask that.
“We have to score early then we’ll see what happens; it could change the balance of the tie. We mustn’t be weak mentally and play to lose. If anyone thinks like that with me, they won’t even train,” he posited.
Despite the clarion call, Spalletti admits they must also be careful with their tactics and must apply them with some moderation if they want to achieve their aim.
“We must be able to choose when to attack or hold off. We must be confident when taking the initiative. The result in the first leg was harsh seeing how we performed. We were unlucky. We’ve been improving game by game and this team has enormous potential,” he added.
Spalletti has guided the club to an unbeaten run stretching seven games now in Italy, since his return and with Roma now third in Serie A following their recent impressive results after a slow start which saw Rudi Garcia fired, they must believe they can get a result in Spain.