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Marcano: Roma can replicate last season’s Champions League

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Ivan Marcano believes AS Roma can replicate the semi-final feat they achieved last campaign and explained it will be a “special feeling” to face former club FC Porto.

The Giallorossi will be hoping to secure a comfortable lead against the Portuguese giants in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Tuesday night.

And Marcano who will likely face his former side is confident that they’re capable of matching their run last season.

“We’ve had a series of positive and negative results, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster season in some ways,” the defender told reporters via Football Italia.

“I believe we can repeat our exploits in the Champions League last season. It will be difficult, but we’ll try. Porto is the first step.

“They’re an opponent I know well, it will be a special feeling facing my former team.”

It was suggested to the 31-year-old that Porto were seen as the favourable draw for many teams left in the Champions League, but Marcano warned against complacency.

“In football, you never know,” he added.

“Some fans may consider Porto to be the weakest out of the teams remaining, but they are a great side. They showed that in the group stage by claiming top spot and going unbeaten.”

Roma have endured a mixed start to the campaign as they have struggled to replicate their form in Europe in the domestic front. But fans are confident a win over Porto FC will spur them on till the end of the season.