Roma mustn't worry about past drubbings

Coach has faith in Italian side's potential

(see related) (ANSA) - Rome, February 16 - AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said on Tuesday that his men should not worry about past drubbings at the hands of European big guns ahead of Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg clash against Real Madrid.
    Roma lost 6-1 to Barcelona under Spalletti's predecessor Rudi Garcia in the group stage. They also lost 7-1 to Bayern Munich in the group stage last season and were hammered by the same scoreline at Manchester United in quarter-finals in 2007 during Spalletti's first stint at Roma.
    "I've suffered big defeats too, but we can also list some important wins and there are lots of them," Spalletti said. "I'm convinced that this team has potential". Spalletti will be able to field midfielder Daniele De Rossi against Real after he recovered from a calf problem.
    The Spanish giants will be without Gareth Bale and Pepe for what will be Zinedine Zidane's first Champions League game as coach.