Gerson has confessed that he was not ‘ready’ to play for Roma last season but believes he has turned a corner.
“I wasn’t in ideal condition last year,” the Brazilian midfielder told the club’s official website.
“My head wasn’t right. I did things on the pitch that I wouldn’t usually do. I struggled in several ways.
“I didn’t expect to play [last season] and it was a surprise. I was wrong, I should’ve been more ready, but it’s in the past.
“Only the future counts now and I have to think about this season. A very important game awaits us on Sunday, not only for the team, but also for myself.
“I know I didn’t live up to expectations last season, but I have a different head now.
“I’m more focused, more determined and ready to contribute, either as a starter or a substitute.”