Roma star defender Kostas Manolas, hero against Barcelona with his dramatic late goal to bring Roma to the Champions League semi-finals, gave an interview to La Stampa. He spoke about the progression and new test against Liverpool, former teammate Mohamed Salah, and his inspiration on the back line.
Goal against Barcelona – “How many times have I seen it again, but all of them immediately after the game… that’s enough . If you stop to think that you have touched the highest point of your career you are finished.
Liverpool – “If I know what it means in the history of Rome? Yes. I know very well that, several years ago, they beat us on penalties in the Champions Cup final at the Olimpico.”
Salah – “What kind of relationship do we have?” “Excellent, Momo is an extraordinary guy, a decent person, and he always has a smile on his face…If we stopped Messi’s Barcelona, we can stop Salah’s Liverpool: it will not be easy, but we are ready.:
Model – “My model has always been my uncle, the greatest Greek central of all time: we are different, but he is my guide, besides him, I like Cannavaro, but I will never win the Golden Ball like him”.
Winning the Champions League? “We are among the best four and, at this point, we are not favored … Raising the cup in Kiev is a dream but we have to focus on Liverpool first.”
Messages with Salah – “Do we write to each other?” Of course, I often congratulate him for the extraordinary season he is having.”