UCL: Roma Coach Counting On Dzeko-Inspired Miracle Against Liverpool
Striker Edin Dzeko will be shouldering the responsibility for Roma as they aim to overturn a 5-2 deficit on Wednesday.
The UEFA Champions League semi final return leg clash will be played at the Olimpico stadium in Italy.
Roma coach, Eusebio Di Francesco said he is relying on the former Manchester City striker to inspire his side against Liverpool to reach the UCL final.
"Players with his (Dzeko) qualities must be decisive as (Mohamed) Salah was in the first leg," said Di Francesco.
Dzeko scored a crucial, late away goal in the 4-1 quarter-final first leg defeat at Barcelona and the opening goal of Roma's 3-0 second leg win at the Stadio Olimpico that saw the Italians through on away goals.
The Bosnian handed Roma another lifeline with an 81st strike after Liverpool had romped to a five-goal lead at Anfield last week, Diego Perotti adding a precious second from the spot four minutes later to keep Roma's final hopes alive.
Former Roma forward Salah tore through his former club at Anfield, scoring twice and setting up two more goals.
"We can't change a team just for him (Salah) or put three players on him, we have to be good at raising the athletic level, giving little, but remembering that we have to score three goals.
"We were at the mercy of Liverpool for 25 minutes and that cannot happen. We want to try and do something big in a stadium with 70,000 people.
"If I could, I would copy and paste that performance against Barcelona, not just technically but on a mental and physical level," he added.
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