Jurgen Klopp reacts to Roma's incredible Champions League turnaround against Barcelona

Jurgen Klopp reacts to Roma's incredible Champions League turnaround against Barcelona

Roma pulled off an extraordinary comeback with a 3-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday to reach the Champions League semifinals after overturning a three-goal deficit from the first leg.

Barca outclassed Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League final at the Olympic Stadium but the venue will now be remembered as the scene of one of their biggest humiliations after they surrendered a 4-1 advantage from the first leg.

Greece global Manolas completed an improbable turnaround eight minutes from time by glancing in a header from a corner.

But it was Roma who broke the deadlock after six minutes when De Rossi's pin-point pass was met in the box by Dzeko, who got the ball under his spell with a brilliant first touch before prodding past Ter Stegen from six yards.

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Captain De Rossi converted a penalty in the 58th minute for the hosts, before Manolas' goal sent the stands into delirium. He patted his chest and was mobbed by his Roma teammates. We have to try and win them because we have not won anything yet.

"We knew it would be hard, but we had that little bit of belief".

Ex-Manchester City striker Dzeko, whose former team was Knocked out by Liverpool in Tuesday's other quarter-final, set Roma on their way by poking in from close range.

Roma, who lie fourth in Serie A, qualified from the group stages at the expense of Chelsea and ahead of Atletico Madrid but were given little chance of prolonging their Champions League campaign after their mauling in Barcelona. We wanted to keep going. "They are basically defending with eight outfield players against 11, and I'm not sure you can do that at the highest level".

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Trailing 4-1 after last week's quarterfinal first leg at the Camp Nou, Edin Džeko, Daniele De Rossi, and Kostas Manolas all scored to take them through to the semifinals on away goals against all the odds.

"Well when you lose a match like this you think about everything that went wrong. The only thing I regret was today was a match in which we had a great opportunity and we didn't seize it". Dzeko got away from the Peak and forced the Spaniard to break the rules.

Valverde waited until the final 10 minutes to use all three of his substitutions.

"We had a long way to go after the first-leg but all credit to the coach because he invented this formation two days ago, he drilled it into our heads and it worked wonders", midfielder De Rossi told reporters after Roma went through on away goals. Of course we regret it for us, but especially for our fans, the people that we represent.

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