Pablo Zabaleta: We’re better now than our first meeting with Roma

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta held a press conference before tomorrow’s matcha against Roma:

“Rome is always a very difficult place to go and win. They have a very good team and they’re second in the Italian league. As a player, it’s one of those games you really enjoy because you’re playing against a top team. It will be huge. It will be a great atmosphere too because they’re on the same points and for them to go through would be massive.”

He continued, “It is a crucial game for us to show we want to continue in the competition and go far. Confidence is high at the moment and that is what we need to play against Roma and win the game. We are a much better team now than when we played Roma at home. It’s going to be a very tough game but if we continue playing in this way, we’ll have a good chance to qualify. In the last few years, the Champions League is probably the competition we were not performing well enough in. The quality is there to do this and hopefully, we can play a great game and go through. We have the players to beat Roma and we will do everything possible to go through in the Champions League.”

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.