Champions League: Chelsea’s ‘money doesn’t matter’ – Edin Dzeko reacts to Barcelona defeat
AS Roma striker, Edin Dzeko has said that Chelsea’s ‘money doesn’t matter’ after his club defeated Barcelona 3-0 at Stadio Olimpico in Tuesday’s second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals clash.
Dzeko opened the scoring for the home side before winning a penalty which was converted by Daniele De Rossi as Roma pulled off a remarkable 3-0 win to knock out Barcelona on away goals after the first leg ended 4-1 in Camp Nou.
The Bosnian international was a target for Chelsea throughout the January transfer window until the Blues moved on to buy Olivier Giroud from Arsenal on deadline day.
When asked about rejecting Chelsea’s offer, Dzeko told reporters: “It wasn’t easy, but I stayed here and am very happy to be here.
“I think the club is glad, too. Let’s not talk about [the move]. Money doesn’t matter.”
Of the result, Dzeko said: “This was the best, but even better may well be yet to come. It proved we can play against anyone, as Barcelona are such a strong side. We put three goals past them and could’ve had more.
“I have never seen Barcelona struggle so much. We pressed them constantly from the first minute.”
He added: “We all believed, even if everyone else gave us a five per cent chance. We knew it’d be tough to win 3-0, but now we’ve done it in such a splendid way, I can safely say Roma are deservedly in the Champions League semi-final.
“Every time we’ve faced the big clubs, we have won or got a positive result. Perhaps it’s our fault, as when we are the favourites in a tie, we think for some reason it might be easy, but it never is easy.”
Roma make up the last four of the European Cup for the first time since losing to Liverpool in the 1984 final and Dzeko is now looking forward to Friday’s draw.
He added: “Nobody believed in us and we have reached the semi-final for the first time in the Champions League. I am very happy that I can watch the draw for the semi-finals and see my Roma there.”