Friday April 20 2012
Juve-Roma almost a derby

Juventus-Roma games are the closest thing you can get to a derby match between two teams from different cities, says Vincent Candela.

“It’s not a derby, but it almost is,” the Frenchman, who spent eight years with the Giallorossi, told Radio Incontro ahead of Sunday's meeting.

“It’s always been a really important game. And, at this point of the season, it’s a key tie for both clubs.”

Leaders Juventus are aiming to keep their one point advantage over Milan, while the Giallorossi are targeting third and qualification for the Champions League.

“Third will be hard for Roma,” the ex-full-back continued. “They might stand a chance if they beat Juve, but if they lose then I think it will be all over for them.”

The inconsistent capital outfit are currently fifth in the standings, four points adrift of city rivals Lazio in the last European Cup spot.

“Roma are just missing two or three champions to become a great side again,” added Candela. “They would complete that squad with such players.”

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