El Shaarawy ready for Rome derby

El Shaarawy

AS Roma winger Stephan El Shaarawy is looking forward to Saturday’s hugely anticipated Serie A clash against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Italy international found the net when the two sides met in the Coppa Italia back in April, and just one point separates the two sides in the standings ahead of the match.

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“We know how important this game is not only for the players, but for the whole city,” El Shaarawy said. “It’s prepared for more than a week, so it’ll be a game charged with intensity and we must get a result to give consistency to our victories.

“Scoring in the Derby della Capitale is very special. I hope to find the net again on Saturday, but as I’ve always said, the most important thing is that we win, it doesn’t matter who scores the goal.

“I netted twice in the derby and one was even a header! That doesn’t happen often. On Saturday I’d gladly score with any part of my body, just as long as Roma win.

“The support of the fans has always been fundamental for us, they really are like a 12th man. They help you to overturn any situation, fire you up and we can win any game with them behind us.

“We’ve got to keep calm and do what we know, with belief and hard work. Lazio are in good shape too, but we can have our say against anyone, as proved by the victory over Chelsea in the Champions League. My brace in that game is something I will never forget.

“A good chunk of our season depends on this match with Lazio and a victory would give us such a boost for the games that will come.”