Roma defender Gabriel Heinze has said that the victory alone in the Rome derby will not be enough for the club. Roma are in crossroads at the moment.
They not only need to win in the match against Lazio, but they also need to qualify for the Champions League as well. It has now been a few seasons since Roma managed to get into the group stages of the Champions League.
One of the main reasons for this has been the reduction of the number of teams qualifying from the Italian Serie A. As a result of this reduction, Roma have found it tough to qualify even after a small blip in the league form.
It is one of the reasons for Roma defender Gabriel Heinze to believe that the victory in the match against Lazio during the weekend alone will not be an end of the problems for Roma. Roma are currently hovering below the Europa league positions, while Lazio are currently in the third position. It has been a sensational season for Lazio, who have been extremely successful on the pitch. They have already secured an advantage in the first round derby of the season, and will be looking to do a double Roma for the first time in many years.
“This [the Roman derby] is an important game, no doubt, but it is fair to say that we cannot save our season by just winning this game. We will give the maximum, but more challenges lie ahead after this obstacle. Third place? We will see at the end of the season. If we were not good enough, maybe someone else will take it,” Roma defender Gabriel Heinze said ahead of one of the most fierce derbies in Italy – the Rome derby, which will take place during this weekend.