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Roma chief Monchi: We can handle tough Champions League group

Roma chief Monchi says they can handle their Champions League group draw.

The Lupi have a tough Champions League draw with Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Qarabag.

“I think we should be ambitious and believe we can go as far as possible although obviously we have to keep our feet on the ground. Our first target must be to reach the knockout stages and after that we can start dreaming.

“I've said (Roma want to win silverware) since the first day I arrived and it's something I always have in my mind. I think about it when I go to bed and when I'm in my office. One day I want to make Roma fans' dreams come true. That's my guiding point, what drives me. I want Roma fans to be able to celebrate a trophy.

“Roma are a great club and Rome is a big city. Everything is magnified and the repercussions are felt a lot more here. Obviously that increases the pressure. I wasn't surprised by anything when I joined.

“When I decided to come to Roma, I didn't expect to find a club where everything is nice and calm. Pressure is part of the game. Expectations are part of the game. You have that at Roma but I think it's a good thing. It's good that we're ambitious and it's good that we're under pressure from the fans and the media. It should motivate us to do better.

“I've always said there are three things you need to be good at (to be a sporting director). You need to love working and be capable of working very hard. You need to be able to take decisions without bowing to external pressure. And you need to a good psychologist when dealing with the Coach and players."

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