Alessio Cerci backs Ciro Immobile over Carlos Tevez and remarks that: “In a 4-3-3 there are few players able to do what I can.”
The attacking winger is in contention to make Italy’s World Cup squad this summer for his continued form with Torino and has outlined his own view on his recent development, and who is behind it.
“I have enjoyed a significant growth and I have matured. In a 4-3-3 there are few players able to do what I can,” Cerci began to Tiki-Taka this week.
“A lot of the merit goes to [Coach Giampiero] Ventura, he knows me well and how to train me. Mentally he helps me a lot, we often talk, for my growth he has been crucial.
“And it is thanks to him that I have done so well for the past two years.
“My best position? Sometimes I play centre-forward, sometimes on the wing - in the last game I played on the wing.
“I am known as both a winger and someone who adapted to being a striker, whilst my preference is to play out on the wing.
“The Cerci of five years ago did not come back and did not cover, and at that stage you would not have thought I would be suited to the 4-3-3 in an important team, but today this is not the case.”
Cerci has drawn comparisons in playing style to Arjen Robben.
“They always say that. Also on Twitter, all the people who write to me compare me with the Dutchman. Also in the team they now call me Robben and not Cerci.”
Cerci has a particular understanding with Ciro Immobile.
“We know we have a responsibility, the fans expect a lot from us. We have to make a difference and not disappoint the public.
“We know that we can make a difference in every game. I want to point to Ciro’s role as Capocannoniere, he is competing with Luca Toni and they are more strikers than [Carlos] Tevez.
“Balotelli? He is a great talent, he needs to focus only on football. He is a great player and we have a great relationship.
“Can I make the World Cup? I am calm because I am aware of my qualities, I have different characteristics to the others.
“I will do anything to make it difficult for the CT, I believe very much.”
Cerci began his career at Roma and turned his attention to the slight debate over whether or not they can catch Juventus in the title race this season.
“It will be difficult for Roma to catch Juventus, Juve are solid and there are few games remaining.
“The Bianconeri also have a strong squad, but as a fan I hope Roma can do it - the Giallorossi have great quality and play good football.
“Garcia is a phenomenon and has given continuity to a team that was coming from difficult seasons. Then, they have players like Gervinho. Roma must try, they have what it takes to play for the title.
“It was a missed opportunity for me there, I had my path of development and probably had to explode. Before I was not ready, not I can make a difference at important clubs.”
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