Edin Dzeko is ‘very happy’ he turned down Chelsea to stay at Roma
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The Spanish giants took a 4-1 lead into their second leg but they were completely outplayed in Rome, as the hosts won 3-0 to make the score 4-4 on aggregate and progress on away goals.
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Dzeko – who scored the vital goal at the Nou Camp – inspired Roma as he got another goal and won a penalty, which was converted by Daniele de Rossi before Kostas Manolas’ late header sealed their place in the final four.
It’s been 34 years since Roma were last in a European Cup semi-final, and Dzeko said he is ‘very happy’ to be part of it.
“It wasn’t easy, but I stayed here and am very happy to be here,” the 32-year-old Bosnian said following the game.
“I think the club is glad, too. Let’s not talk about [the move]. Money doesn’t matter.
“This was the best, but even better may well be yet to come. It proved we can play against anyone, as Barcelona are such a strong side. We put three goals past them and could have had more.
“I have never seen Barcelona struggle so much. We pressed them constantly from the first minute.”
Roma celebrated wildly, with their president leaping into a fountain in front of jubilant fans, as the club ended their long wait for a place in a European semi-final, but Dzeko is hoping they can go one better.
Asked how far Roma can go, he said: “To the final, hopefully.
“Nobody believed in us and we have reached the semi-final for the first time in the Champions League [era]. I am very happy that I can watch the draw for the semi-finals and see my Roma there.”