Sam Lewis Date:14th June 2011 at 10:22pm
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New Gallorossi Coach Luis Enrique has high hopes that he will create a team that Roma fans can be “proud of”.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid player gave an interview to Roma Channel, and gave an insight into his pans for the Capital club next season.

“I had truly positive sensations on my arrival in Rome and the Trigoria training ground,” said the Spaniard.

“I am very happy and excited, all ready to start my new adventure, as you realise when stepping through the doors how big this club and its fanbase really is.

“I had thought of taking a rest after Barcelona B and knew about a few offers, but Roma’s call was a surprise. They chose a new path, a young Coach, and I am happy to be a part of this project. I thank the directors, as it’s not easy to put your faith in an inexperienced tactician.

“My intention is to bring to Italy what I have learned at Barcelona in these years: that is attacking football with a good team movement. We will try to win from the very first minute. Coaches bring their personality to a side. I want the team to have that attacking impetus as well as hard work.

“My hope is that Roma fans can be proud of the team and believe we deserve their faith in us.”

Luis Enrique was asked what system he would adopt at his new club, but the Coach remained coy.

“I am not concerned by the system, as I will adapt to the players at my disposal. I want to ensure everyone can see the desire to win. At the end the match will say if we deserved it, but I see football in no other way.

“I watched the final stages of the season. Now I’ll calmly review the games with (director of sport Walter) Sabatini. Everything is new here and people have to really want to support us. In a modern team, work ethic is important in both Italy and Spain.”

Enrique also adressed the enigma that is Francesco Totti – who greeted him at Trigoria, and had praise for the Roma captain.

“He is not only the King of Rome, but of the world. He is unique and it’s a pleasure to have players like Totti in the side, not to mention Daniele De Rossi and Simone Perrotta. They set an example for the younger players. Mirko Vucinic? I like all good players.”

It promises to be an intriguing period in Roma’s history.

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