Nicolas Burdisso: Roma can qualify for Champions League

Defender says that Roman side can still turn their season around and add a positive spin to their campaign

Defender Nicolas Burdisso believes that Roma can qualify for next season’s Champions League and win the Coppa Italia this campaign.

Currently placed in sixth place, Vincenzo Montella’s side are just a point behind city-rivals Lazio, who are fourth and occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

Roma can still progress to the final of the Italian Cup despite having lost the first-leg of their semi-final tie against Inter 1-0 in Rome.

Burdisso told Sky Sport: "We still have a chance to reach the Champions League. For us it's important, it's what this team and this club deserves, to go as far as possible.

“We're one point behind after a season that wasn't very good. But I think we can finish well and I also think we can reach the cup final."

Roma’s defence has been heavily criticised this season as they have conceded 49 goals in the league so far. But Burdisso defends Roma’s playing style.

"Of course, we need to be more careful than ever in defence. But we're a very attacking team and in every match we attack with two full-backs and two central midfielders as well as the four up front,” he said.

"Sometimes you don't see this balance in games and we have few players defending. Some teams don't commit many men forward and don't score many goals, but we score a lot. And we concede a lot too, we need to rediscover what we used to do well."

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