Daniele De Rossi has said that Roma need something of a miracle in order to get something out of the match against Juventus.
Roma have spent heavily in the summer, but their spending has not correlated with the results on the pitch. Even though they are only a few points away from getting into the Champions League qualification spot, the amount of spending and the football that has been delivered are largely different from each other. There will be taking on a Juventus side that has been in sensational form in the Italian Serie A this season. There has been a lot of talk that Juventus are well and truly back to where they belong.
Due to the fact that the European coefficients has reduced the number of qualifications from the Italian Serie A to just three, Roma need to finish in the top three in order to have any chance of getting into the group stages of the Champions League. Daniele De Rossi conceded that the chances of Roma finishing in such a lofty position do look weak at the moment. Roma have got only 17 points from the 13 matches they have played so far. There are likely to finish in the top three given the performances and the points that they have secured up until now.
“It would be a real miracle if Roma manage to finish in the top three and qualify for the Champions League. However, we will definitely try to achieve just that,” Daniele De Rossi was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport. There has also been a lot of pressure on the current Roma coach Luis Enrique, but the midfielder has said that every coach needs some time before they can actually make some difference to the team.
Roma defender Gabriel Heinze has had an impressive career so far, having played at some of the World’s greatest football clubs, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any regrets.
Speaking to English newspaper The Guardian, Heinze was candid about his life and playing career, and said that he regretted how it all ended with Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United.
“I don’t have many regrets from my career, but that episode with Ferguson to be one of them. The problem is that I’m impulsive and strong-willed – it’s got me into trouble before, and probably will do again. Once I had decided I wanted to leave, it was only ever going to end one way.”
“I spent three years in Manchester and had some great moments. There are a lot of things I regret from the last months but I am a strong personality, Sir Alex is a strong personality. I took the decision and, looking back, I regret it because it meant leaving a great club and their supporters.
At the time Heinze was keen to move to Liverpool, but instead opted to move to Real Madrid instead – arguably swapping one European powerhouse for another.
“I hope fans will remember the three years I had in the team. I had a great time.”
Gabriel Heinze has insisted that the way for Argentina to overcome Brazil is to ensure they can’t get into their stride.
“A victory depends on what we do. We can’t let them think so that we don’t have more problems. This confrontation is between a bunch of players who have been playing together for a long time [Brazil] and a team [Argentina] who have very high hopes,” said Heinze.
“The idea is to attack them but with organisation. Without going crazy or without despair, because they have fast players to explode on the counterattack. Not being careful would be a sin,” he concluded.
Heinze also commented about the decision to switch the match from the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires to the Gigante de Arroyito stadium in Rosario.
“I liked the idea because the national team belongs to the whole country, not only to one city. To say that we have changed from venue to win is false and only a lie. The objective is for the majority of the Argentines to be happy, whether they live in Buenos Aires or Rio Negro.”
In spite of moving away from Real Madrid, Gabriel Heinze has still picked them as one of the clubs that can win the Champions League.
“Real Madrid have everything to win the Champions League, although Barcelona are a great team and the ones to beat”.
With the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo, Heinze thinks they have more of a chance. “He has this talent that no-one else has and he is getting fit, but I think one has to be patient because he will give many joys to the fans.”
Gabriel Heinze has confirmed that he will be moving to Olympique de Marseille, subject to a medical.
Gabriel Heinze has welcomed new signing (and his ex-Manchester United team-mate) to Real Madrid, and can’t wait to play with him again.
“I have a year left on my contract at Madrid, but the media have said that I don’t figure in the plans of the new coach. I have not spoken with anyone about this. I would love to play with Ronaldo and Kaka.
“Cristiano Ronaldo will be a great buy for Real Madrid. He is a fantastic player and can succeed at any club in the world. I have not spoken with him yet but I am glad an agreement has been reached. I know that he is an ambitious player and his dream will be to become the best at Real Madrid.
“There is a lot of talk about the size of the transfer. But a player can only be judged on what he does every week on the field and not the amount he is getting paid.
“It must have been a hard decision for him to leave Manchester United, but I am sure he is ready for a new adventure.”
Gabriel Heinze played both of Argentina’s World Cup Qualifiers – against Colombia and Ecuador, with mixed results.
On 6th June Gaby helped the team to defeat Colombia in Buenos Aires, with Diaz scoring the only goal of the game.
They had less luck when they faced Ecuador, however, with the team losing away from home, conceding two late goals.
Argentina now lie in fourth in the World Qualifiers table.
Gabriel Heinze has been called up to Diego Maradona’s Argentina side, ready to face Colombia and Ecuador in the World Cup Qualifiers on June 6th and June 10th.
Gabriel Heinze wants to stay at Real Madrid.
With the new President set to take over soon, Heinze has reassured fans that he only wants to be playing at the Bernabeu next season.
“Whatever is said in the press is not true 99 per cent of the time, I know what goes on. I have a year left on my contract and I am happy. The people who come in with the new project will put their view forward, and I mine, then we will sort it out as adults. I would like to stay” he told Spanish newspaper AS.
“Madrid have to win games, even though Osasuna are playing for more. We have a very professional dressing room and we cannot talk about what else goes on, aside from the result. We will not be going out there walking. We must respect the fact that they are playing for something. Wearing this shirt means you have responsibility,” he declared.
Gaby Heinze has called for his team-mates to concentrate on their next match, and no the up-and-coming ‘Clasico’ with Barcelona in a few weeks time.
Gaby told the official website: “We have to win all matches up until the Barcelona game, which is the crucial point as it enables us to cut the gap directly. We cannot rely on Barcelona not winning their matches.
“It is our duty to do what we do, which is winning. We just have to win and win, and expect them to lose points,” he said. “This is the only work that remains until the end of the season.”
“As long as there are mathematical possibilities, we believe in the comeback,” he said.