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Andreazzoli targets landmark triumph

Aurelio Andreazzoli says he is determined to guide Roma to what would be a record 10th Coppa Italia success.

UEFA Europa League qualification is up for grabs for the winner of Sunday’s final between Roma and Lazio, after the two clubs finished sixth and seventh respectively in Serie A.

“There is a double victory up for grabs, both the cup victory and qualification to the Europa League next term,” Andreazzoli told reporters.

“The derby always has special significance.

“I know I have the opportunity to enter Roma’s history books, as not everyone has won their club a 10th Coppa Italia title before. Winning would be important, but I do not feel enslaved to a result.”

And after a sixth-placed finish in the league, Andreazzoli, who took over from the sacked Zdenek Zeman in February, has insisted his men are not feeling any nerves.

“If we win it, we would be talking about a glamorous season, but if we lose, we cannot call this season a failure,” he said.

“Lazio is our opponent and will compete, so the prospects of defeat are always open. Sport is like that. Despite that, I have not seen any tension from the players, who the club must be grateful to for all they have done.

“This is a high-profile match and we can achieve two objectives of our season with one stroke. A victory tomorrow would be a fantastic one.”

Andreazzoli’s bid to become permanent Roma coach will be given a considerable boost with victory, as rumours continue to link the club with a move for AC Milan’s Massimiliano Allegri.

Sun 26 May, 2013
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