Date: 15th September 2015 at 11:52am
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Former Roma full-back Federico Balzaretti feels that the Giallorossi are a competitive side once again but has admitted it is too early to talk of winning Serie A.

Balzaretti took the decision to retire from football over the summer following a recurring groin injury and swiftly moved into a new non-playing role with the club and has spoken of Roma’s strong start to the season.

“Once again our football is competitive and we are on the right track,” Balzaretti told Italia 1’s Tiki-Taka programme.

“It is too early to talk about the Scudetto. There have only been three match-days and we will need more games to understand who will be favourites for the title.”

Balzeretti also turned his attentions to the upcoming Champions League game against Barcelona on Wednesday, as well as in-form Giallorossi players Juan Iturbe and Iago Falque.

“Barcelona have an incredible squad and have no weaknesses,” said Balzaretti.

“We will need to be at 200% to get the right result and I’m certain that the atmosphere will be electric at the stadium.”

He continued: “I was happy to see Iturbe’s goal. He wanted to stay at the club at all costs and he is motivated, I am convinced that this will be his year.”

“Iago Falque is a functional player, he is capable in both phases of the game and can also cross a ball well which works perfectly for Edin Dzeko.”

Roma are currently fifth in Serie A after winning two of their opening three matches.