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Roma captain De Rossi: Shakhtar Donetsk are an incredible side

Roma captain Daniele de Rossi says they're ready to face Europa League opponents Shakhtar Donetsk.

De Rossi recognises the quality of the Ukrainians.

“We'll play over 180 minutes against an incredible side that always finds a way to renovate themselves," said the midfielder.

“Shakhtar keep selling their best players and finding others just as good, often from Brazil, to create new eras. They already eliminated us once, many years ago. I think they are underestimated, by a lot, in the media.

“Don't forget, Shakhtar eliminated Napoli, who are 15 or 16 points above us in the Serie A table. At the same time, I believe we can have our say.

“There are two or three sides in the Champions League where we'd definitely be beaten before we even began, but Shakhtar is not one of them.

“The Champions League is special because it's the biggest club competition in the world and in general second only to the World Cup. There's this extra focus when you get past the group phase and the whole world seems to be watching you."

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