HEINZE SET TO RETURN

Roma manager Luis Enrique has revealed that he is looking at the prospect of bringing back experienced defender Gabriel Heinze for the match against Juventus on Sunday night.

Roma will be facing the team that is still undefeated in the league this season.

Despite being undefeated, Juventus have just a one-point lead ahead of AC Milan in the table. As a result, they will be taking the match against Roma very seriously. It is also an important match for Roma given that they are in a race with the likes of Lazio and Napoli for the third position. This would guarantee them a place in the group stages of the Champions League next season.

Gabriel Heinze was not part of the first team when Roma played Udinese recently. In his place, Luis Enrique decided to utilise Daniel de Rossi in the defence. Simon Kjaer played alongside him in the central defence.

However, the manager is looking to go for an experienced defender for the match against Juventus due to the importance of it. Even though Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze may not be at the peak of his game, he has a lot of experience after having played for a number of clubs including the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid over the years.

It is thought that Aleandro Rosi will be utilised at the right back position, while Taddei will be continuing at left back. The race for the third position in the Italian Serie A is turning out to be one of the hottest this season. Napoli looked like being the favourites for this position, but since their defeat at the hands of Chelsea, they have turned pale. Now, it is a fight between Roma, Udinese, and Lazio. Lazio are currently four points ahead of archrivals Roma in the table.

HEINZE WANTS MORE

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.

HEINZE HAS REGRETS

Gabriel Heinze has spoken of his regret at the manner of his departure from Manchester United. Now at Roma the Argentine defender has played at some of Europe’s top clubs and has had an impressive career.

For many though, particularly in Manchester, he is remembered for his departure from Old Trafford and his seeming betrayal of the club that brought him to Europe’s top table.

Heinze lost his place in the United side with the arrival of Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra in January 2006 but he vowed to stay on and fight for his place in the side. He could not regain his place and it soon became apparent he would have to leave to ensure first team football.

United had a number of offers, including one from fierce rivals Liverpool, but they made an early decision they would not sell to Liverpool. Heinze took an issue with this decision and fought hard for his right to leave United for the club he wanted.

He was settled in England and in the North West, the offer to play for one of the greatest clubs in the world emerged and he was understandably keen to take it. The situation got ugly, with Heinze taking United to court, losing and eventually signing for Real Madrid, hardly a bad place for a professional footballer to end up.

Heinze does now though regret the way he left the club and had the opportunity to play against his old team in last season’s Champions league. Heinze told betfair.com he doesn’t “have many regrets from my career” but he does count “that episode with Ferguson to be one of them”.

He is keen that United fans remember him for the successes he had on the pitch, he was after all one of the best left backs in the world at that time. He does though understand the supporters frustrations but hopes “the fans will remember the three years I had in the team. I had a great time”.

Heinze may face United again in Europe this season, with his Roma team one of the favourites to reach the final on the UEFA Europa League betting markets – where they will face Scholes, Giggs et al if United make it through.

ROMA TURN DOWN UNITED STARLET

Italian club AS Roma have said that they have turned down the opportunity to sign Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison. Ravel Morrison is one of the highly rated youngsters at Manchester United, and he is out of contract at the end of the season.

Many regard him to be the best young talent to come out of the Manchester United youth team since Paul Scholes more than 15 years ago. Despite this incredible talent, it is thought that Manchester United are willing to let go of Ravel Morrison partly because of the huge wage demands posed by the youngster and also by the huge problems he creates off the pitch.

Even though he is one of the most highly rated talents, Italian club AS Roma have revealed that they have turned down the opportunity to sign him. The club is notorious for the incredible egos present within the squad, and it seems that they are not willing to add one more of such a character to the dressing room.

Ravel Morrison is thought to demand around £ 40,000 per week, whereas Manchester United are willing to offer only £ 12,000 per week. Due to the substantial difference between their terms, Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded that Ravel Morrison will leave the club at the end of the season.

“We were offered him, but said no. Why should we think we’d be able to handle him if Sir Alex Ferguson and United could not?” a Roma spokesman said in a recent interview given to British tabloid. Manchester City and Newcastle United are now the favourites to sign the youngster, who also has a lot of issues with the local police as well. He also is said to show no interest in training, but it seems that Mancini is very much interested in him.

Roma Need a Miracle

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.

Heinze Regrets United Exit

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.”

Heinze: Stop Brazil Playing

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.”

Heinze backs Real Madrid

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.”

Heinze Welcomes Ronaldo

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.”

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