Sunday January 12 2014
Gasperini: 'Roma can win Scudetto'

Gian Piero Gasperini has confidence his Genoa can take the sting out of Roma, though “the Scudetto race is not over.”

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The Giallorossi are fresh from their first defeat of the Rudi Garcia tenure, hammered 3-0 by Juventus to open up an eight-point gap at the top of the table.

“I have to say Juventus-Roma was a wonderful game until the last 20 minutes, as the Giallorossi really impressed me,” insisted Gasperini.

“The result has certainly not taken away what Roma have achieved until now. I will add Juve’s early approach was no accident, as they waited and then struck on the counter-attack.

“The difference between the other teams and Juventus is their ability to adapt to different systems and above all unite in difficult moments.”

Roma are without the suspended Daniele De Rossi, Adem Ljajic and Leandro Castan.

“Yes, but Alessandro Florenzi or Mattia Destro will step in, so this team has enormous potential. That is why the Scudetto race is not over.”

Gasperini replaced Fabio Liverani just a few weeks into the campaign and revived their fortunes, though he acknowledges it’s a different team to his last Genoa spell.

“This squad is less attacking, but is more solid and therefore probably better than my old side. Now we have to improve in attack, without doubt.”

Gasp is forced into another approach because Alberto Gilardino is suspended with Mario Alberto Santana, Alessandro Gamberini, Daniele Portanova and Juraj Kucka injured.

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