Montella hopes for perfect performance in Ukraine

Roma coach Vincenzo Montella is adamant his side can triumph in Ukraine tomorrow night in their last-16 second leg Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk.
The 36-year-old, appointed after the first leg defeat in Italy, has called for his players to produce a faultless game in order to progress.
Speaking to UEFA.com, Montella said: “We’ll definitely need to play an error-free game; a perfect match as they say in these situations.”
The first leg loss in Rome means the Giallorossi are now second favourites to advance, yet Montella is insistent Shakhtar’s impressive home record can be dented on Tuesday.
“Shakhtar are a great team and they showed that at the Olympic Stadium. Their players are young with great futures, their manager is very experienced and he knows about Italian football, but, as I said before, football is strange.
“In football especially, anything can happen. We’re sure we can play a good game while being aware they haven’t lost at home for several years, which I’m pleased about because there’s always a first time.”

Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu spent time in Italy with Inter and Brescia, amongst others, and has always committed to playing free-flowing attacking football, yet Montella remains confident his side can cause an upset and save what has been an underwhelming season thus far.
“You can analyse the statistics – and we have – but that doesn’t mean they’re never going to lose. In fact these records are there to be broken,” added Montella.
Roma go into the match with a newfound confidence, a victory at Lecce on Friday means they are now only five points behind fourth placed Lazio, who they face on Sunday March 13.

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