Sunday March 4 2012
Marquinho fired up for Rome derby

January signing Marquinho urges Roma to “win the derby and catch up to Lazio” in his first Derby della Capitale.

As Fernando Gago, Marco Cassetti and Daniel Pablo Osvaldo are suspended, it’s possible the Brazilian will start this afternoon at the Olimpico.

“There is a great deal of apprehensiou here, considering the pressure on us not to lose more ground on the teams fighting for a place in the Champions League,” he told O Globo.

“Lazio have a seven-point advantage, so we must win the derby and catch up to them in the table. It will also boost morale so we can break into the battle for a top three finish.

“It is with this objective that I will step into the Stadio Olimpico, with great desire to start making my name here in Europe.”