Monday September 10 2012
Destro prefers central role

Roma new boy Mattia Destro has admitted that he is finding it tough to play in a wider attacking role.

The Italian international was signed by the capital club in the summer after excelling at Siena last season as a centre-forward.

But Destro is being used in a slightly different role given Zdenek Zeman’s preference of a 4-3-3 system – even if Francesco Totti is sometimes given a licence to play where he wants.

“Playing as a right-sided attacker is not my position,” stated the youngster after being used in that way against Inter.

“We tried it in the week leading up to the game and that is difficult for me. I feel more comfortable in the middle.

“However, I’m a young player and I do what I am told. My position against Bologna? So long as I play…”

Destro is currently on international duty and could feature in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Malta alongside Roma teammate Pablo Osvaldo.

“It’s disappointing that I didn’t manage to score against Bulgaria,” he added when asked about his chances in the 2-2 draw on Friday. “If Coach Cesare Prandelli gives me an opportunity on Tuesday then I hope to make up for it.”