Perotti: ‘Roma can win Europa League’

Diego Perotti believes “Roma can win the Europa League” this season, especially if they have resolved the issues behind their injury crisis.

The Giallorossi need a point tomorrow against Austrian side Wolfsberg to make sure of qualification to the Round of 32, and Perotti believes that his team can win the competition.

“I am very confident of the team, and of my team-mates. We have the ability and quality to win the competition. There are strong sides coming from the Champions League, but we can only think about ourselves,” he said in a press conference.

Perotti missed a portion of the season with an injury, and says he’s only now getting up to speed.

“Unfortunately my start to the campaign was bad. I did all of our training, without missing a workout, and then the day before the start of the season, I suffered a bad injury to my quadricep that I’ve never had before.

“Injuries happen in our sport, we know this. On a personal level, I hope to play from here until the end of the season, and being 100% fit. I want to help the club and my team-mates.”

Roma have suffered a plethora of injuries over the last couple of seasons, and have taken steps to try and mitigate the injuries, such as relaying pitches, so what does Perotti think is behind these problems?

“I think that it’s not just Roma that these injuries happen to. If we look at a team like Real Madrid, that is great, they too have injury problems.

“It is a profession where there are always injuries, maybe sometimes less than others. We have had different types, not just muscular, but also fractures.

“Maybe the pitches were the problem. The club is doing everything it can to help us players feel better. The pitches were elements that had to be improved, but perhaps they aren’t 100% yet.”

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