Roma, Jose Mourinho: “Now the playoff with a Champions level team.”

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Roma qualified for the Europa League round of 16 by winning over Ludogorets

Roma gained access to the Europa League round of 16 thanks to a 3-1 home win over Ludogorets, signed by Lorenzo Pellegrini’s brace and a goal from an irrepressible Nicolò Zaniolo.

Now the Capitoline side will await the draw in Nyon, which could put the Giallorossi in front of a lineup eliminated from the Champions League group stage, among which the most fearsome is Barcelona.

After the game, Giallorossi coach Jose Mourinho spoke to Sky Sports microphones, “It was a difficult game, they know how to play, they have creative, fast players who can do what they did on the first goal. In the second half we risked everything obviously everything, we went in with a different attitude and intensity. Zaniolo has character and his entrance helped us a lot. It’s different to face two strikers like Belotti and Abraham or two like Nicolò and Tammy. Then the goal came. From there on it was emotionality that made the difference, But we have to play and manage games better. Now in the play-offs we find teams of a higher level, Champions teams. It was important to pass, a source of pride, a step forward in our evolution, even if now the big teams come.”

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