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Roma must take advantage of Inter's struggles, says De Rossi

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Totti urges De Rossi to stay at Roma
Daniele De Rossi has urged Roma to take advantage of Inter Milan's struggles when the two sides meet in the second leg of their Coppa Italia semifinal.

The Giallorossi lead the tie 2-1 after the first leg, while the Nerazzurri have continued to suffer in Serie A, with Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Cagliari leaving them seventh in the table.

De Rossi is eager to capitalize on Inter's recent problems, while reassuring supporters that Roma is in good shape ahead of Wednesday's game, in which the winner of the tie will advance to the final against Roma's chief rival, Lazio. 

“We’re fine,” De Rossi said to NovaraChannel.tv. “Inter is experiencing their own difficulties as of late because of injuries. Therefore we must take advantage.”

De Rossi also commented on his captain Francesco Totti’s pursuit of Silvio Piola’s Serie A goalscoring record, after the veteran signalled his intention to reach 300 goals before he hangs up his boots.

“With our help, within three to four years our captain could reach the most sensational record in Italian football," De Rossi said. “Totti has now reached an unbelievable tally of goals in the Italian league.

“With all due respect to the undisputed champion (Silvio) Piola, this is probably the most difficult time to score compared to a time when races ended with a lot of goals.”

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