El Shaarawy: ‘Roma need a trophy’

Stephan El Shaarawy says Roma “have to lift a trophy” this season, and looks forward to working under Eusebio Di Francesco.

The Giallorossi finished second in Serie A last season, and and were eliminated in both the Coppa Italia and the Europa League.

“Our aim as a team has to be to lift a trophy because the fans deserve it,” El Shaarawy told Roma TV.

“I think we players deserve one too because we’ve been doing really well.

“Di Francesco? I’ve seen a few training sessions and I’ve spoken to the coach. He expects a lot from his wide men.

“We just have to listen to him because he’s a very capable coach. We’re delighted to have him here. Now we need to work hard to make sure we’re ready for the start of the season.

“My personal situation?  I just had this minor back problem but it’s nothing serious – more an annoyance really. It takes a while to go away.

“Everything’s going well though and I’m recovering now. Hopefully I’ll be back in full training before long.

“I want to start as I finished last season and of course it would be nice to score lots of goals too.”