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Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco admits he is looking for a miracle against Liverpool

Eusebio di Francesco admits he is looking for a miracle in their Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Liverpool. Photo: PA

Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco admits he is looking for a miracle in their Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Liverpool.

Having stunned Barcelona, who arrived with a 4-1 lead in the last round but exited the competition on away goals after the hosts' 3-0 win, Di Francesco hopes lightning strikes twice as they try to overcome a 5-2 deficit.

"I would do a copy and paste (of the Barca game)," he said.

"It is in the mind of the players. In order to compete against a rival such as Liverpool, we need to raise the bar in terms of physical effort, then comes the attitude, approach to the game and trying to score an early goal to have the fans behind us even more.

"We have conceded very little to our rivals at home (Roma have not let in a Champions League goal at the Stadio Olimpico this season).

"It won't be easy, but it is our duty to believe it. Thanks to the passion of our fans, we have our fans behind us so we all have the desire to complete one more miracle, if I may use the word."