Mirko Vucinic believes AS Roma can repeat their Champions League exploits of a decade back and get the better of defending champions ​Real Madrid when the two meet for their tournament opener at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. 

The Serie A side knocked Madrid out of the Champions League during the 2007-08 campaign, with Vucinic's header securing Roma a 2-1 win in the second leg of their last-16 clash. 

Vucinic is aware of the players that Roma have lost but still believes in his former team to pull off an upset. 

"I had a wonderful feeling about the match of 10 years ago. It was a perfect game, played at a stadium that made history. I couldn’t ask for anything better," he said, as quoted by Football-Italia.

"Obviously at the time of the draw we all felt disadvantaged, but we were strong ourselves. And for me it was extraordinary to score goals in front of the Curva. I hope Roma experience nights like this again. It’s still too early to make judgments. Even Juve started badly a few years ago and then won the Scudetto."

"It’d be wrong to lose hope now. The match against Real could be the perfect one for redemption. I’m sure that when Roma take to the field in the right way, they play good football. Important players such as Alisson, Nainggolan and Strootman have left, but I have confidence in Monchi’s signings."

"My prediction for tonight? Roma to win 1-0 with a Dzeko goal," Vucinic concluded.