Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu has paid tribute to AS Roma coach Zdenek Zeman.

Zeman is back in the big time this season with Roma.

"I met Zeman a few times when I was in Italy," Lucescu told Radio IES. "I've always had a great respect for him, for what he has achieved and his experiences.

"To stay at the top of Italian football for 20 years is very difficult. There are few people, except maybe him, me and Sven-Goran Eriksson that have done it.

"I know that last year he did very well to get Pescara into Serie A."