Thursday September 1 2011
Giannini believes in new Roma

Roma icon Giuseppe Giannini is confident that the Giallorossi can finish in the top three this season.

The Eternal City outfit have radically changed their squad after an American consortium bought the club this summer.

Although they have begun the campaign poorly under new boss Luis Enrique, Giannini has been impressed by their market moves.

"I really like how they've done their business," the 1990 World Cup player told Il Messaggero on Thursday.

"The squad has been rejuvenated with seven or eight players and the average age is now very low.

"Apart from Gabriel Heinze, who arrived on a free, everyone else is young. And they are also international players.

"I believe that Roma can finish in the top three places in the League.

"They just need time for the new players to settle, for people like Daniele De Rossi to return, and their football will work.

"The results will be a logical consequence."

Sporting director Walter Sabatini has managed to reduce the squad's average age from 30 to just under 27.

The capital outfit signed players such as Bojan Krkic, Erik Lamela, Fernando Gago, Simon Kjaer and Miralem Pjanic during the summer.