RISK TAKING ROMA

Roma boss Luis Enrique has said that he is willing to take a lot of risks in the match against Juventus in order to stay in touch with the likes of Lazio, Udinese, and Napoli in the race for the Champions League positions.

Roma are currently in a battle with the aforementioned clubs in order to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League next season. They will be facing one of the toughest matches in the remaining few matches of the season when they take on Juventus. Juventus are currently unbeaten in the division are the favourites to lift the title ahead of AC Milan.

LAZIO A MUST WIN

Walter Sabatini, the Sporting Director of AS Roma has stated that the derby match against city rivals SS Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico this Sunday will decide the fate of third place in the Italian League standings and this match will become the decider as to whether the Red and Gold Brigade will be able to catch up to The Blues.

The Wolves are currently 7 points adrift of their local rivals and according to Sabatini, if Luis Enrique’s men go down this Sunday, it will be the end of their hopes of finishing in a UEFA Champions League position for this season.

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ROMA RUE MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Roma were left frustrated after the latest round of fixtures, after they could only manage a draw with Catania.

With Juventus having failed to take all three points in their match, this was a great chance for Roma to capitalise on their misfortune, but they could only come away with the solitary point.

As a result, the gap between the two teams stays that 10 points, while it could have been easily reduced to 8 points.

MANCINI STILL CHASING DE ROSSI

Roberto Mancini has said that he will not give up on signing Daniel de Rossi from Roma. Daniel de Rossi has been regarded as one of the finest players from Italy in recent times, but he has always had a great affinity for Roma.

OSVALDO FINED AND SUSPENDED

Roma have fined striker Pablo Osvaldo € 50,000 and have also suspended him from the club, after a bust up between him and teammate Erik Lamela.

Osvaldo is reported to have punched Lamela in the dressing room. They were in the dressing room following the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Udinese. Manager Luis Enrique has also said that the club should be taking immediate action over Pablo Osvaldo, whose actions have threatened to derail Roma's season.

PJANIC HAILS TOTTI

AS Roma may be 7 points off the top of the table already, with just over a quarter of the season gone, but that doesn't mean that Bosnian international Miralem Pjanic has given up on getting into the Champions League next season! Far from it!

MONTOYA EYES BARCA STAY

Roma target Martin Montoya has said that he is more than happy to stay at Barcelona for at least another year. The right-back has recently been linked with the likes of Roma, Valencia and Getafe, but has no intention of leaving Camp Nou, although he did recently revealed that he was flattered with the interest of Roma.

"I'm still very young and have a contract for another year," Montoya said to RAC1.

"I'm feeling very comfortable at Barcelona and I'm not listening to any other offers.

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ANCELOTTI LINKED WITH ROMA

Carlo Ancelotti's looks set to be appointed as the new coach of Roma after everything seems to have been agreed with Chelsea.

The 51-year-old Italian is on the verge of a Stamford Bridge exit, and looks likely to leave for Roma at the end of the season, with only uncertainty over his replacement believed to be preventing the Blues from ending his term prematurely.

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ROMA CANCELS ADRIANO'S CONTRACT

Roma are all set to cancel with immediate effect the contract of Brazilian striker Adriano.

The 29-year-old joined the club from Flamengo in the summer of 2010, but the powerful attacker's stay in the Italian capital has not been a success so far, having played just a handful of matches this season and mainly warming the bench.

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ROMA HAVING POSITIVE ATTITUDE

AS Roma are heading into the Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk searching for a positive result after two major losses in Serie A.

On Saturday, Claudio Ranieri's side slumped to a 2-0 loss at home to a rampant Napoli, while the week before Inter Milan ran riot in a 5-3 win at the San Siro.

"Our enthusiasm is not at its best. I think you all know the problems, too," midfielder Simone Perrotta said. "We're in a situation that has been dragging on for some time.

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