Di Francesco lifting Roma to new heights

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Milan (AFP) – Eusebio Di Francesco has stamped his mark on AS Roma during a rollercoaster first season which has seen the side from the capital return to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 34 years. The fast-talking 48-year-old, whose reputation is one of an astute tactician with a talent for attractive attacking football, replaced Luciano Spalletti, who departed for Inter Milan after a second-placed Serie A finish in 2016-17. Taking over a side missing retired club legend Francesco Totti, Di Francesco has set about moulding the club to his style, as they sit third in Serie A and are into the Champions League final four for the first time in over three decades. They come up against Liverpool — over two legs starting in Anfield on Tuesday — a side who dramatically beat them on penalties in the 1984 European Cup final in the Stadio Olimpico. “Now we’re all convinced that we have the best coach we could possible have,” said club sporting director Monchi after Roma shocked Barcelona 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico to secure a 4-4 aggregate draw and reach the semi-finals on...



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