Andreazzoli tips Destro to shine
Roma manager Aurelio Andreazzoli is ready to unleash Mattia Destro on Inter Milan in the semi-finals on the Coppa Italia.
And the 59-year-old predicts the clash will be "Destro's game".
Both clubs head into the match knowing the Coppa Italia is their last shot at silverware this season, both well off the pace of Serie A leader Juventus.
But despite having a number of injury concerns, Andreazzoli is confident he has the player who will swing the tie in Roma's favour, believing former Inter player Destro will live up to the importance of the occasion,
"Miralem Pjanic is not well and I don't think he will be part of the squad tomorrow, though we've still got a day to decide," Andreazzoli told Roma Channel.
"De Rossi is coming off seven or eight days in which he has done very little training. The situation is improving and we'd be happy to have him at our disposal.
"At this stage of the season, I think Inter are not the only side to have injury problems. We have them too, but won't sit here listing them.
"We rested Destro against Torino precisely so we could give him three or four more days to train and prepare. This will be Destro's game for many reasons, including his return from injury, his past with Inter and the importance of the fixture."
The Coppa Italia looms as perhaps the best avenue for both clubs to gain a spot in Europe, and Andreazzoli made sure his players were fully aware of the magnitude of winning Italy's domestic cup – starting with a wounded Inter.
"I know we are playing against a team of 11 players who will be highly motivated," Andreazzoli said. "I brought the squad together today to ensure they don't underestimate this test because of Inter's absentees.
"I probably didn't even need to warn them, but it's always best to be sure.
"We are concentrated on our opponents the way we always have been, as we know Inter's characteristics and will try to find the counter-balances. Inter have a mixture of experience and youth, but so do Roma."
"Thanks to our victory on Sunday, we go into this with more belief. This match could take us into a tremendously important one, the Coppa Italia Final. It's not something I am accustomed to and I'd love to experience that situation."