Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco on Monday said both his squad and Real Madrid are experiencing a slump in their respective domestic leagues, as they head toward their decisive second-leg clash in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

The Italian coach said there would be no advantage to playing Madrid in its current complicated moment, as his team also has injuries to worry about.

"Madrid can say the same thing about us, we are two teams that are, in quotes, sick," Di Francesco said at a press conference ahead of Tuesday's home match.

Asked about injured Roma defender Kostas Manolas, the coach explained that his player will be included in the game if he's deemed fit after undergoing a final fitness test on Monday.

Regarding whether he might revert to a three-man midfield on Tuesday, Di Francesco said "I don't want to speak about the team to avoid giving away an advantage."

"I've not decided anything yet, not even the playing system. You have to think things over before games like this and I'll do that today," he continued. "There could be some surprises tomorrow."

Roma, sixth in Serie A, lost 1-0 on Saturday to 16th-placed Udinese.

Madrid, also sixth in La Liga, was thrashed 3-0 the same day by ninth-placed Eibar, and fired their head coach last month after a poor start to his debut season.

Despite Madrid's win 3-0 in the Champions League Group G opener against Roma in September, Di Francesco said the Spanish side's mentality had changed dramatically since then.

Roma is second in Group G with nine points, on goal differential behind Madrid.