Roma want to win the title for Totti – Pjanic

It has been over 14 years since the club legend last won a league title and the midfielder says he hopes to end that drought this season

Miralem Pjanic says Roma want to win the Serie A title this season to honour Francesco Totti.

The 38-year-old has been in the Giallorossi first-team since 1992 but is now in the final year of his contract.

The Roma legend’s only Serie A title with the club came in 2000-01, while it has been seven years since he won his second and last Coppa Italia. 

The club looked like challenging Juventus to the championship in each of the last two years but dropped out of the race, but Pjanic says he hopes this year is the one that sees Rudi Garcia’s men bring an end to the Turin side’s reign of dominance.

“We hope to win the title to give it to Totti,” he told Fox Australia. “When he’s on the pitch, everything is easier.

“I feel good and I’m happy, because Roma are doing everything to build an even stronger team than last year. Juve won the title last year because they were able to deal with the moments of pressure better than we were. This year we are motivated to try to conquer it.”

Roma have been linked with a move for Edin Dzeko and Pjanic echoed Totti’s opinion on the matter, insisting the Manchester City striker would add a lot to the Serie A side.

“We will see what will happen in the coming days, I talked to him, he is an important player who can give us a lot,” he added.

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Dzeko would run to Roma – Pjanic

The midfielder says his international team-mate would even be prepared to take a pay cut to move to Italy

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic claims compatriot Edin Dzeko “would run” to join him at the Serie A club.

Manchester City striker Dzeko has been linked with a move to the Stadio Olimpico, having found regular game time hard to come by in 2014-15.

The 29-year-old appeared only 22 times in the Premier League last term, his lowest tally since 2010-11, when he played 15 matches in his first season in Manchester after joining during the January transfer window.

And Bosnia-Herzegovina team-mate Pjanic has fuelled speculation that Dzeko will be playing in Italy next season by suggesting the Blues star would even be willing to take a pay cut to leave the Etihad Stadium.

“Dzeko would run to Roma and the wages won’t be a problem, as he’d adjust to them,” he told Romanews.eu. “It all depends on the club.”

Dzeko scored six goals in 31 appearances in all competitions last season.

Garcia: Roma desperate to beat Inter

The Giallorossi coach has urged his side to end their run of draws by showing the sort of intensity that saw them romp to a 4-2 victory in the reverse fixture back in November

Roma coach Rudi Garcia says his side are desperate to avoid a third conductive Serie A draw by beating Inter at San Siro on Saturday.

The Giallorossi had hoped to mount a serious title challenge this season, but 10 draws in their last 14 league outings have left them 15 points behind reigning Italian champions Juventus.

Garcia’s side romped to a 4-2 victory when the two sides met back in November, and the French coach is hoping for a repeat performance as they hope to pull clear of rivals Lazio, with whom Roma currently share second place.

“We showed great intensity in the reverse fixture and we’ll need to show that again,” Garcia told a press conference. 

“We need the attitude we showed [in victories] against Cesena, Napoli and Torino. As always, we’re going there to win, but to achieve that we’ll need to show the intensity we had in the reverse fixture. Definitely.”

Inter, languishing in 10th place and set to miss out on European football next season, are without a win over Roma since February 2011 and have secured just one victory in their last seven Serie A outings.

And Garica is delighted to be able to welcome back Miralem Pjanic and Gervinho, with the Ivory Coast international set to return after a month out through injury.

“I’ve spoken with them and they’ve confirmed what I thought – they’re both at 100 per cent,” Garica said.

“They’re a good side with lots of quality players. With the return of some of our players, we too have grown in strength. I’ll have to make some tough decisions, but that’s better for the team.”

Failure to beat Roma would see Inter go five home games without a win for the first time since March 2012.

Roma need a change of attitude, says Pjanic

The midfielder has told his team-mates to “wake up” as they find themselves locked in a battle to secure a Champions League place

Miralem Pjanic was at a loss to explain another miserable display from Roma as they were beaten 2-1 by Inter in Serie A.

Rudi Garcia’s side have fallen off the pace at the top of the table since the turn of the year, claiming just four wins in 16 games, and could find themselves three behind Lazio if they beat Chievo on Sunday.

Goals from Hernanes and Mauro Icardi were enough for Inter, leaving Pjanic calling for a change of attitude from his team-mates as they fight for a Champions League place.

“We can’t seem to win anymore,” he told Sport Mediaset. “It’s difficult to accept and live through this situation.

“We must try to change tack, as there are six games left and we need to get as many points as possible. We had come here to get three points and left empty-handed. That’s tough to swallow.

“We have to change our attitude during the week as well as during the games. We must have the desire to take Roma back to the top.

“This squad needs to have real fire to get results, the way we did last season and the start of this campaign.

“There are some things we need to change. As I said before, it’s in the attitudes. If we want to get back on top, we cannot accept certain things. 

“We must wake up and give much more to win these games.”

Barcelona wanted me – Pjanic

The midfielder signed a new contract in May last year but revealed he ignored the overtures of the Spanish club

Miralem Pjanic says he was aware of interest from Barcelona prior to committing his future to Roma last summer.

The midfielder signed a new deal until 2018 last May but has revealed he was the subject of an enquiry from the Catalans as he made a decision over his next move.

“I know that the club wanted me when I was negotiating my renewal,” he said in an interview with La Republica.

Pjanic’s decision to stay in Rome led Barca to sign Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla and retain the services of veteran Xavi.

Despite rejecting the Catalans’ advances, the 25-year-old says Luis Enrique – who coached him during his spell in charge at the Stadio Olimpico – has played a key role in his career.

“Him, along with [Roma boss] Rudi Garcia, has taught me the most in football.”

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international has been unable to inspire his side to Serie A glory this term, though, as they sit 14 points adrift of leaders Juventus after 28 games.