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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ROMA BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT

Roma booked a semifinal spot in the Italian After beating Inter Milan by two goals. Vucinic bagged the opener after 65 minutes after taking a pass from Daniele De Rossi in his stride and Taddei then produced an acrobatic finish for the clincher in time added on.

Palermo will face AC Milan in the other semi over two legs on April 20 and May 11 after badboy Antonio Cassano celebrated his return to his former club Sampdoria on Wednesday to help Milan run out 2-1 winners.

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CICINHO SIGNS FOR VILLARREAL

Roma full-back Cicinho has signed for Spanish team Villarreal. The Brazilian arrives at Villarreal on loan until the end of the season and will be presented at their El Madrigal stadium today.

It is a return to La Liga for Cicinho, who has also played for Real Madrid, while he and Giuseppe Rossi will face Napoli in the Europa League next month.

Villarreal, who this week lost right-back Angel Lopez for six months to a cruciate knee ligament injury, have the option to buy former Real Madrid defender Cicinho when his current deal ends.

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BAPTISTA TO JOIN MALAGA

Roma's Baptista is set to link up with Malaga once the transfer windows reopens in January. The El Diaro Sur daily claimed that the 29-year-old reached an agreement on a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Andalusian club on Tuesday.

Italian daily Corriere dello Sport reported that Malaga will pay two million euros for Baptista, whose annual salary will fall from 3.2 million euros to 2.5 million euros.

The final decision on the transfer rests with Italian bank Unicredit, who are Roma's majority shareholders.

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ROMA ADVANCE

Roma advance into the next stage of the champions league thanks to a draw with Cluj. Roma secured second place in Group E behind Bayern Munich by drawing 1-1 at Cluj on Wednesday. FC Basel needed to beat Bayern to stand any chance of catching Roma but was routed 3-0 in Germany.

Group H had both qualifying spots open. Shakhtar finished on top by winning 2-0 at home to FC Braga, and Arsenal joined the Ukrainian champions after a 3-1 victory over Partizan Belgrade.

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BORIELLO KEEN TO CONTINUE

Roma striker Marco Borriello says that he wants to continue with this great form. Borriello is confident his team can end a fantastic week on a high when they make the journey to Sicily to face Palermo in Serie A.

Roma climbed to fifth in the standings with Sunday's 2-0 win over Udinese before taking one step towards qualification to the next round with a 3-2 triumph over Bayern Munich in Tuesday's Champions League showdown.

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NAPOLI EYEING LIVERPOOL YOUNGSTER

Napoli are interested in a move for Liverpool youngster in the January transfer window. The Manchester-born striker, 19, came on in the 65th minute against Napoli in the Europa League earlier this season and the Serie A high-flyers are now interested in signing him.

According to reports in Italy, Napoli have made contact with Liverpool through Eccleston's agent and it is now up to manager Roy Hodgson to decide.

RANIERI NOT CRITICISING TOTTI

Roma head coach Claudio Ranieri has refused to blame Totti for Roma's defeat to Bayern Munich. The Giallorossi suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Bundesliga giants in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League meeting at the Allianz Arena.

Roma's long-serving captain Totti came under fire for his display in the defeat, although Ranieri has refused to hit out. Rather than criticise Totti's display he fully expects the 33-year-old to return to form in the club's next outing against Bologna.

MEXES UNSURE OF STAY

Phillipe Mexes has revealed that he is unsure of continuing his seven year spell with Roma. Mexes is in the final year of his contract at Roma and could leave on a free transfer next summer.

Roma have offered Mexes a new deal to extend his stay in the Eternal City, but the Frenchman admits he is unsure about staying as his place is under threat from the recent arrival of Nicolas Burdisso.

"Burdisso came back to Roma and it's obvious the competition has increased again," Mexes told France Football.

ADRIANO HAVING HIGH HOPES FOR ROMA

Adriano believes that Roma has a great chance for success this season. Work continues for Roma's troops at their Riscone di Brunico camp, and Adriano is reaching his targets.

"I am tranquil, the team is there. I am doing everything I can to find my best physical form," he told the press.

"I find myself well with Totti on the pitch, but obviously there is plenty still that we can improve upon because we have only played very little together.

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