After another Roma victory away at Hellas Verona, Ex-Arsenal striker Gervinho retains hope that his side can finish above Juventus and win Serie A this season.
Roma currently sit in second place, six points adrift of Juventus – who saw their 12 game winning streak come to end following a 1-1 draw away at Lazio.
Ivory Coast forward Gervinho was labelled a flop at Arsenal after failing to perform consistently for the club. Nine goals in 46 appearances over two seasons wasn’t deemed good enough for Arsene Wenger or the club's fans – and he was subsequently sold to Roma for a reported €8m.
The 28-year-old’s Roma career has so far fared much better. A record of five goals and five assists in 15 Serie A starts – it hardly relates to an atacker who struggled to make an impact in the Premier League.
Following on from Roma’s 3-1 victory in Verona, Gervinho stated that both his side and Rafa Benitez’s Napoli are very much still in with a shout:
"The championship is still open, but also to Naples and other teams. The title race is definitely not closed."
On his match-winning performance, Gervinho added:
"I came to Rome to help my teammates and score important goals. For me it's nice to help my team in this way."
"I'm happy that the team speak well of me, but here we are all important. I’m happy for this consideration from my teammates."
Six points between the sides isn’t much at all, yet with the form of Juventus and the added bonus of no major cup distractions, it’s going to be difficult for Roma to close the gap.
Nevertheless, should Roma manage to keep pace with Antonio Conte’s men it could get very interesting – as the penultimate game of the season sees the Old Lady travel the capital in what could be a potential title-decider.
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