Real Madrid hold a two hold advantage against Roma as the team go head to head in the second leg at Santiago Bernebeu, but Miralem Pjanic wants his side to give a performance response in the second leg of the tie.
The Italians are on strong form in their domestic league at the moment after winning in all of their last seven matches in Serie A and the Bosnian international believes his side won’t be scared by the hostile atmosphere at Madrid.
The teams have met eight times in the UEFA Champions League previously and the stats are all even-stevens after Roma winning in three of them and Madrid winning four.
Talking to Roma Radio after the 4-1 win against Fiorentina in the weekend, Pjanic told, “We will go to Madrid and try to put in a perfect performance.”
Roma have beaten Real Madrid 2-1 in their previous visit to Santiago Bernebeu, which happened to be in the round of 16 second leg of the UEFA Champions League 2007/08. Ironically Luciano Spalleti was the head-coach then, but then they carried a 2-1 lead from the first leg at Rome.
“We know that it will be difficult but we will do our best nonetheless. Obviously we tried to score at least one goal during the first leg, although things were complicated and we will now try to complete a perfect match and hurt them whenever we can,” he continued.
“Physically we are all fine and everyone knows what they must do on the field. We always have a team-mate free to which we can pass the ball and this demonstrates our confidence on the field.”
The Los Blancos have virtually lost the Spanish League title as they fall 12 points behind the leaders FC Barcelona, and 4 point behind Atletico Madrid. So Real Madrid and Zidane will be keen to save their season in the Champions League.
Roma are currently third in Italian Serie A, five points below second placed Napoli and eight points behind league leaders Juventus. Their primary target this season will be to ensure qualification for next season’s Champions League as both Fiorentina and Inter Milan are knocking at the door separated at three and five points respectively.