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The club legend is adamant that the Giallorossi can compete for the Serie A title after closing the gap at the top and has hailed former Arsenal man Gervinho's fine form

Francesco Totti has voiced his delight with Roma's 3-1 Serie A win over Verona and believes Sunday's display proves they are on a par with Juventus.

The Giallorossi had the chance to close the gap with Juve to six points following the reigning champions' 1-1 draw against Lazio on Saturday and Totti was happy to see his side seize the opportunity to reignite the title race.

"We had to win this game in order to give our rivals for the Scudetto a signal," Totti was quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport.

"We had to win and we did just that. We are at the same level as Juventus."

Totti also praised former Arsenal forward Gervinho, who played a key role in Roma's victory with a goal and an assist.

"Gervinho is the kind of player who can create something from out of nowhere," he said. "We are very happy to have him in our squad. He is a very strong player."

The 26-year-old has developed into an important first-team player at Roma since joining the Serie A side from Arsenal at the start of the season, scoring five goals in 17 appearances.

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