AS Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco says he is aware of the threat posed by Liverpool Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah but he needs to focus on his strengths.
“Mohamed Salah has outstanding quality when they go long – but we can’t put three men on Salah. We’ve got to have the strength to put the right importance on our opponents, but also think of ourselves,” Di Francesco told reporters on Tuesday.
Salah, a former Roma forward, scored twice in the first leg and created two other goals as he ripped apart Di Francesco’s defence.
The 25-year old winger has been in a blistering form this season having scoring 43 goals so far this season including, 10 Champions League goals, shattering several club and Premier League records.
“The players have got to take responsibility – Dzeko even more so as one of the key players in this team. I hope he will be the man who – even more than Salah in the first leg – makes a difference in this game,” the Italian coach said.
“Our ambition should be to get to Kiev (for the final). I’ll try and treat this game like any other. I’ve passed on my ideas to the team and will convince them that this is achievable,” he added.
Roma came back from a 4-1 deficit in their quarter-final against Barcelona by winning the return leg in the Italian capital 3-0.