Hat-trick hero Dzeko: We were excellent

Roma striker Edin Dzeko heaped the praise on his team after his hat-trick led them to a 4-0 win at Villarreal in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Giallorossi thrashed their Spanish hosts after three strikes from Dzeko in the second half, and will take a dominant advantage into the second leg of the last-32 tie.

The hat-trick of goals saw Dzeko head to the top of the goalscoring charts in the Europa League.

"We were fantastic today," Dzeko said, according to the club's official website. "We gave nothing away at the back and put four goals past a solid Spanish outfit like Villarreal. We were excellent."

"Every match is a story unto itself. Sometimes we struggle away from home against the smaller teams in Serie A but we showed just how good we are today."

When asked whether Roma can go on and win the competition, he added: "We need to win lots of games to do that and this tie isn't over yet – we have another 90 minutes to play and we must prepare well for the return leg."