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The Italy international admits he is determined to catch the Bianconeri with a win over AC Milan on Monday and revealed the despair within the squad before Rudi Garcia's arrival

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi believes Juventus have benefitted from some "favourable" refereeing decisions so far this season.

The Bianconeri currently sit three points clear of Rudi Garcia's side at the top of the Serie A table and the Italy international feels certain incidents in matches have worked in favour of the current champions - although he expects such moments will balance out come the end of the season.
"We don't feel damaged by referees. However, against Torino - the foul on [Miralem] Pjanic - and in Atalanta, there were two clear penalties not granted in our favour," he told Roma Channel.

"Juve, however, have got a bit lucky with referees, and have had favourable moments. I think of the games against Chievo and Tonio in particular.

"They say that at the end of the season these wrongs balance out, and we expect this to occur."

Garcia has led something of a Roma revolution this season, with the Giallorossi bouncing back from a Coppa Italia final defeat to bitter rivals Lazio in May by going unbeaten so far in 2013-14.

De Rossi admits he almost lost the will to play the game during pre-season following the cup defeat and has paid tribute to Garcia for revitalising the squad.

"Rudi Garcia is the best coach possible for Roma to gain momentum and confidence after the setback of May 26 - one of the darkest moments in our history. We needed his charisma," he continued.

"I thought I wouldn't have recovered. Going to Terni for the last pre-season match, I felt so bad I thought of forfeiting the match to stay at home.

"Instead, thanks to this new coach and the arrival of outstanding players, I went back to Rome with the highest levels of confidence."

De Rossi went on to compare Garcia to former boss Fabio Capello, stating: "Garcia does remind me of Capello, but he is younger and in that sense closer to the players. He jokes around more, whereas Capello was more rigid."

Roma visit AC Milan on Monday, with the Rossoneri having now gone without defeat in their last six matches in all competitions, and De Rossi has warned his side will need to fight for a victory to keep them within touching distance of Juventus prior to their meeting in Turin next month.

"We have to beat Milan. The magic moment is not over, we want to keep this close to Juventus before we meet at Juventus Stadium. But the league will not end on January 5 in Turin," added the midfielder.

"A few weeks ago it looked like Milan were disarmed. But the Rossoneri are on the upswing and we have to be careful."