Thursday April 17 2014
Dodo: 'Roma record, then...'

Roma full-back Dodò said they’ll target “the club record for points and then see what Juventus do.”

The Brazilian spoke to Roma Channel about his second Serie A campaign and Scudetto dreams that will not die.

“There are five games to go and now it’s up to us to make history. We got 10 consecutive victories at the start and now we can get 12, plus the club record for points. Then we’ll see what Juventus do,” he smiled.

On Saturday Roma will face Fiorentina and Colombian international Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.

“I played against him a few times and know him well. Fiorentina are, along with Roma, the team who play the best football in Italy. We expect an entertaining game.”

Dodò’s agent said the 22-year-old has only shown 60 per cent of what he can do and the player agrees.

“I can do a lot more in attack, although I’ve never really scored many goals in my career. I’ve been a bit unlucky with my finishing, though it’s different than to Brazil when we had a lot more spaces.

“At the start it was tough for me here, as I was young and changed country. I made a few mistakes in terms of attitude and thought process, as perhaps I was too closed-minded.

“I didn’t learn much the first few months, but playing with Aurelio Andreazzoli I learned a lot and with Rudi Garcia even more. I want to have fun now and go forward, forcing the opposition striker to mark me and not the other way round.”

With Mehdi Benatia’s recent injury, the Roma defence has become an all-Brazilian affair with Rafael Toloi, Dodò, Leandro Castan and Douglas Maicon.

“Even if we all spoke to each other in Brazilian, Morgan De Sanctis understood us perfectly well. We just needed a glance.

“I knew Roma was a famous club in Brazil and that’s one of the reasons I chose to come here. I arrived to play more than five years, not just those on my contract, so my plan is to be here for a long time.

“I am very happy in Italy. I had been afraid to go abroad, but the people here are similar to Brazilians.”

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