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Roma’s Director, Monchi makes claim ahead of high-profile Champions League clash with defending champs

AS Roma sports director Monchi spoke to ABC ahead of Wednesday night’s UCL group stage opener against Real Madrid, and felt starting off against the three-time holders was not ‘ideal’. “We have not had much luck in the draw, that’s the truth,” he said, adding, “starting off against the most successful team in recent years is not ideal, but knowing this we will compete at the Bernabeu, as we do always in all fields.”

Monchi also was of the opinion that the hosts were not weaker, and hence no favourites for the title, for the absence of the legendary Ronaldo. “With the departure of Cristiano I see a Madrid with an extra motivation, with the eagerness to demonstrate that they can achieve the same successes even though he is no longer there, and that makes it a more dangerous team. He is the big favourite to win the Champions League,” he opined.

The Italian also had words of praise for Madrid. “We’re talking about champions, and the champions do not stop at casualties. They regroup and continue fighting. All Real Madrid players are champions at the level of clubs and teams and what they do is look forward and look for new goals, “he said, adding that” the champions do not stop to think about whether this player has left or another, and I like that. I like to listen to and read statements by Madrid players in which they do not look for excuses, but seek to keep winning titles.”

Finally, Monchi mentioned Roma defender Kostas Manolas and the standing ovation that the Greek international is bound to get at the Bernabeu for scoring the goal that knocked out rivals Barcelona n last season’s quarterfinals. “I prefer that Manolas gets a good whistle for making the winning goal. Víctor Esparrago told us that when you leave a field applauded, bad signal. I tell you the same with this initiative,” he concluded.

Author’s Take

Monchi is right in his assessment that Ronaldo’s departure doesn’t simply imply that Madrid have become a far inferior team to last season. Sure, Ronaldo brings a certain killer instinct that no one else can but I believe that Madrid will be able to cope without him. If they can’t win the Champions League 4th year in a row then they will definitely go close to the same.

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