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De Rossi Backs Under-Fire Boss

De Rossi Backs Under-Fire Boss

Roma captain Daniel De Rossi is urging the powers that be to stick with coach Eusebio Di Francesco despite their Champions League exit.

The pressure has been mounting on Di Francesco and reports have been rife suggesting he will be axed if the Giallorossi crashed out of Europe’s elite competition on Wednesday night.

That is exactly what happened as Porto won 3-1 after extra time to go through 4-3 on aggregate and leave Di Francesco staring down the barrel of a gun.

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“I hope we continue with him,” De Rossi said. “I don’t know what will happen but nobody can take away from him what he has done.

Tomorrow, we will work with him and then the club will decide.” Forward Diego Perotti also agreed that the team wanted Di Francesco to stay, and hopes he gets the chance to continue. “We’ve always given everything for him, it’s a bad moment for all of us,” he said.

“We are all with him.” Meanwhile, De Rossi admitted after the game it was a cruel way for his side to crash out. “It’s a terrible way to go out but the truth is we have to accept it,” he said.

“We are a team of highs and lows. It wasn’t a perfect performance but we saw a united team with real men. “We were within touching distance of penalties and a chance of getting to the quarter-finals for a second year in a row.”

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