"We had a long way to go after the first-leg but all credit to the coach because he invented this formation two days ago, he drilled it into our heads and it worked wonders", midfielder De Rossi told reporters after Roma went through on away goals.
It nearly ended in shambles for Roma in stoppage time, with Alisson racing off his line to try to beat Pique to a long ball over the top, only for it to fall to Ousmane Dembele by the right sideline, some 40 yards out with nobody in goal.
"We still have important objectives ahead of us, but to win any trophy is hard", Valverde said.
"It's really tough. It seems untrue".
"But we kept going all together, one for each other and we did it in style".
It will come as little consolation now, but Barca remain the perpetrators of the most remarkable of all UEFA Champions League comebacks. The second goal in the 58th minute - also the merit of the Bosnian.
Liverpool advanced to the last four of the European Champions League with a 5-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City after winning the second leg match 2-1 at Ethihad on Tuesday. "But I knew we could beat them".
"I am responsible. I make the team, I prepare it".
Jurgen Klopp side made it 4-1 on aggregate 10 minutes into the second half with a clean Mohamed Salah strike, before Roberto Firmino scored the victor for the night to end the game 5-1 on aggregate. "[The coach] chooses the team, the changes, he plans the game, the season.so I am absolutely responsible for everything".
Milan then failed to hold its nerve in the penalty shootout, as Jerzy Dudek's leggy antics in the Liverpool goal helped the Pole outsmart both Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko after Serginho blazed the first kick over, resulting in the Premier League side lifting their fifth European title.
City hit the post through Bernardo Silva and had a goal by Leroy Sane incorrectly disallowed for offside in the last minutes of the first half.
All City's breathless efforts were undone when Liverpool got the crucial away goal - Sadio Mane burst into the box, City keeper Ederson dived at his feet but the ball spilled out to Salah who took his time before coolly converting.
Gabriel Jesus' early goal raised belief inside Etihad Stadium that one of the most unlikely Champions League comebacks was on, with Liverpool having won the first leg 3-0 at Anfield last week.
With City now needing four goals in barely half an hour to advance, Liverpool knew a spot in the last four for the first time in 10 years was there for the taking. "I would say they deserve to get in the final".