Wednesday July 31 2013
De Rossi expects rebirth of Roma

Daniele De Rossi is hoping to see the reawakening of hometown club Roma during the 2013-14 campaign.

The Giallorossi have struggled in recent years and will begin their third straight season with a new Coach.

“The last few seasons have not gone well, that is clear,” the Italian international commented. “What we need is to be reborn.

“And we start from here, we start with pre-season. It’s the preparation for a revival ahead of an important year.”

Roma had hopes of qualifying for the Champions League last summer, but they failed to get into Europe and lost the Coppa Italia Final to city rivals Lazio.

“The club has always been a strong one, even in the years that things didn't go so well,” added the 30-year-old.

“However, something has been missing or else we wouldn't have had these seasons that were not too positive.

“We are not missing that much at Roma, but we are lacking a little. What we really need is enthusiasm. We need to put a winning run of games together and start to believe in ourselves again.”

De Rossi, who has been a regular at Roma since 2001, was also asked about his role given that previous boss Zdenek Zeman insisted he was no central midfield playmaker.

“I do everything,” he added. “I’ve always done that. I’ve never made myself unavailable for a particular tactical solution.

“I’ve played as a playmaker, a ball-winner, even as a defender. I think that has been under-estimated.”

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