Seoane: ‘Roma Champions League level’

Young Boys coach Gerardo Seoane maintains Roma ‘are a Champions League level team’ and the real battle is for second place in their Europa League group.

It kicks off on Thursday at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT), in a group with CSKA Sofia and CFR Cluj.

“We always want to give our best and there is a clear favourite in this group, who we will be facing tomorrow,” said Seoane in his press conference.

“Roma are a Champions League level squad. Each of the other three teams in the group have the same odds of going through in second place, so that is what Young Boys are aiming for.

“I won’t reveal exactly what tactical approach we will be taking tomorrow. We know Roma are a very compact team, solid defensively and often with three at the back. They are dangerous upfront with players like Pedro and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

“We won’t have many scoring opportunities against such a strong opponent, so we must be efficient and clinical if we want the three points tomorrow. We’ve been doing some specialist training on the finishing over the last few days.”

Young Boys have been hit by injuries and COVID-19, ruling out Sandro Lauper, Esteban Petignat, Christopher Martins and Marvin Spielmann, while Ulisses Garcia is still in isolation until tomorrow.

“Ali Camara has been training for three days, so he will be in the team.”

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