"I see them stronger in the Champions League and less so in Serie A".
De Rossi own-goal on 38′. "We have to keep our heads up and continue to work even harder".
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool got their 3-0 win off to a dream start against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City, with Mohamed Salah opening the scoring after just 12 minutes. Although we have experience, we need to improve in that sense. Sergi Roberto, who really is the Barça coach's go-to man in any system, slotted in out wide in a 4-4-2 formation, and the resulting performance was as flat and stagnant as that system suggested.
"We were naïve and too slow on occasion". "I read recently that he feels better every day".
Manolas own-goal on 55′. That Messi has a transformative effect is nothing new, but perhaps this Barcelona side is more reliant on their star striker than previous ones. "We'll have to play extraordinarily to beat them". We didn't want to just allow them continual possession. And despite Barcelona now visiting the Stadio Olimpico next week with a two goal advantage, the Spanish champions-elect will be wary their task is not complete yet, having never claimed victory against their opponents in Rome previously.
They have impressed in Europe so far, overcoming Chelsea after a tense score draw at Stamford Bridge before putting on a display in the reverse leg and coming out 3-0 winners.
Valverde said on uefa.com: "Football is a game of errors". "Those who played did well. What we lacked was quality in our choices".
Another opportunity for the home side arrived in the 28th minute when Luis Suarez worked some space in a risky position before striking towards goal, and only a fine stop from Alisson prevented the Catalan outfit from taking the lead.
His namesake Denis Suarez supplied the cross and as the ball spilled loose, the Uruguayan needed no second invitation to find the net. There is so much talk about our goalkeeper, but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen had to perform some fantastic saves this evening.
Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen almost gifted them a goal when he darted from his area and lost possession but the German recovered to make a brilliant save to deny Roma substitute Gregoire Defrel and he tipped over a long-range strike from the Frenchman a minute later.