Roma forward ready for Juventus
The Giallorossi trail Juve by five points in the league table and currently sit second in the standings of Serie A, the former Lille player is adamant the game in Turin will be huge for his side and possibly shape up the rest of the season.
“When I arrived everyone talked about Lazio and it seemed as if the only objective of the year was to win the Rome Derby,” the Ivorian told Italian newspaper La Stampa.
“You can see the horizons have been expanded now, because this week I realised the rivalry doesn’t end at the city walls.
“We’re talking about a battle for first place and to beat Juventus means getting close to the leadership. Whether it’s Arsenal-Manchester United or Juve-Roma, it is still a game that if you win can change the season.
“There are also particular rivalries between the fans. In London there was Arsenal-Tottenham, but our role is to do our best on the pitch, then the supporters can put what significance they want on to it.
“My job is to help the fans feel content when they get their post-match beer.”
Roma are currently unbeaten in Serie A and the Ivorian isn’t ready to give up his side’s unbeaten streak.
“Our objective for this season remains Champions League qualification,” he continued.
“We are aware of how well organised Juventus are, but if we look at Roma’s players, the number of internationals and the Coach, then we have all the elements needed to believe in more.”