AS Roma striker Pedro Rodriguez anticipates two complex legs against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League however focuses on a spot in the quarter-finals.
Giallorossi will welcome the Ukrainian powerhouse at the Olimpico for the first leg of the last 16 today. Pedro said Shakhtar, who shows up from the third spot in theirChampions League
group, are a quality opponent in the tournament.
“We have a complicated tie against Shakhtar, who are a quality rival and will be difficult to beat over two games,” the 33-year-old Spaniard told Diario de Avios.
“But we want to continue in theEuropa League
, we hope to advance to the quarter-finals.”
Roma sit fourth inSerie A
standings after 26 fixtures and aims for a spot in the Champions League next season.
The She-Wolf are 12 points behind League pioneers Inter, with Milan and Juventus at second and third sequentially.
“This year, it’s a different championship than in recent years, that was characterised by Juventus’ domination,” Pedro said.
“I think this is improving the level and the competitiveness in Serie A. There are many very strong teams. We’ll see who wins this years.”
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