Bitter Manolas claims Roma should’ve been in CL final, not Liverpool

Joe Williams

Roma defender Kostas Manolas thinks the Serie A side should have reached the Champions League final last season and not Liverpool.

The Giallorossi faced the Reds in the Champions League semi-final last season and lost the first leg of the tie 5-2 at Anfield – before a 4-2 victory in Rome saw them narrowly miss out on the final.

There were a few contentious decisions, including Trent Alexander-Arnold appearing to handle the ball inside his own penalty area.

“We went really close,” Manolas told Marca.

“We lost the first game in Liverpool, and then the return… there were two penalties not given, a forgiven red card for Liverpool… that’s why we didn’t reach the final.

“We eliminated Barcelona, a team with a lot of champions with one of my goals. I don’t know if I’m an idol for Madrid fans as you say, but I’ll give everything for my team.

“They’ve said they’ll applaud me! It’s fine, it’ll be fun, but when the game starts I’ll think about winning for my team.

“We have to go to the Bernabeu and play our game with a positive attitude.

“Cristiano Ronaldo? He’s a champion, but Real Madrid will always be Real Madrid. Now they’re playing more as a team, and players like [Gareth] Bale, who used to stand in Cristiano’s shadow, have stepped up.

“It’s normal, now the talent of a lot of the team will come out. The team all played for him [Ronaldo] so they’ll definitely be stronger now.”


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