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Roma: We can learn from Juventus' Champions League win over Spurs

AS Roma believe they can take a leaf out of the Italian ethos of Serie A rivals Juventus when they take on Shakhtar Donetsk tomorrow morning (Singapore time).

Eusebio di Francesco's side go into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Stadio Olimpico 2-1 down against the Ukrainian champions.

Juventus last week showed their Italian counterparts how to overcome a deficit after they came back from a goal down away to Tottenham Hotspur to record a smash-and-grab 2-1 win on the night and a 4-3 triumph on aggregate.

Said di Francesco: "Juventus came out and showed their pedigree under pressure, they showed a really impressive character.

"It was a victory with a 'die hard' mentality.

"It's an approach you hope Italian football tends to have, and I hope my team has it as much as anybody."

Roma's Greek defender Kostas Manolas agreed, telling Italian broadcaster Mediaset Premium: "We require calm, intelligence, experience and balance.

"We saw with Juve against Tottenham that you need all those elements, otherwise you won't go forward... We deserve to go through."

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