By Joe Avicolli
Roma midfielder Seydou Keita is adamant that the Lupi must do everything they can to retake second place from rivals Lazio before the season comes to an end.
The Giallorossi sit in third place just one point behind the Biancocelesti as they prepare to face Atalanta on Sunday and the 35-year-old believes that Rudi Garcia’s men have what it takes to finish the campaign in second while also pleasing the team’s fans after a rocky start to 2015.
Keita spoke to Roma Radio about the capital city club’s need to have a strong finish to the season and touched on his current physical condition, while also commenting on his role in the squad.
“My recovery is going very well, I’ll be working with the group ahead of the match with Atalanta,” said the Malian international, who has been out nursing an injury in recent weeks.
“It’s true that I’m not yet 100% better but I can still give my contribution to the team.
“How did I integrate quickly here? For me the most important thing is respect. Now that I’m playing for Roma I have to give everything, absolutely everything that I have.
“I’ve always done this throughout my life, so here is no different.
“Do I mind being viewed as a teacher? No, it’s weird though because I feel like I have more to learn than to teach, even at my age.
“Leandro Parades and Salih Ucan? They’re good players. Young or not, it’s important to have the right mentality and the heart to perform well.
“Second place? We must continue to give everything. When we starting the season we had wanted to aim for the title, but now it’s important to achieve this goal, especially for the Roma fans.”