Porto to attack Roma for dream quarter-final
Porto (Portugal) (AFP) –
Porto coach Sergio Conceicao says his side need to be more attack-minded against Roma if they are to overturn a first-leg 2-1 deficit and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
In this pursuit the former Nantes coach can count on the services of striker Moussa Marega, returning from injury for Wednesday's match after missing the first leg in the Italian capital.
The Mali international has five goals in six European games under his belt so far this campaign.
"We create good chances every game we play but we need to create more of them and be more efficient with the ones we do get," he said at a press conference at Porto's Dragao Stadium.
"A collective spirit and teamwork will be key to that," he said.
Porto appeared to take their foot off the gas in their 2-1 home defeat to Benfica on Saturday, in which the Lisbon club took top spot off them in the Portuguese League.
"Despite this result I have no need to go and remotivate the players, there is no better motivation than the Champions League," he explained.
The club that won the tournament in 2004 under Jose Mourinho were thrashed 5-0 at the last-16 stage last season by eventual runners-up Liverpool.
"That was just a one off," said Brazilian midfielder Otavio.
"Now we have an away goal and we are dreaming of the quarter-finals," he said.
The stadium is sold out for Wednesday night and Porto have won all of their European games there so far this term.
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