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Monday, August 6, 2012
Destro believes in Roma

Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Mattia Destro said he expects Roma to be contenders this season after netting twice in his first appearance for the club.

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Roma tore Austrian side Irdning apart, running out 13-0 winners in the friendly as new coach Zdenek Zeman - always fielding teams in his trademark 4-3-3 system - continued to deploy captain Francesco Totti out on the left of Destro with Nico Lopez on the right.

"We will certainly have a great season," Destro, who joined from Genoa for €11.5 million last week, said. "If we are in good shape in February and March then why not challenge for something?"

Only four minutes had passed when Totti opened the scoring, and Destro got his first goal almost immediately afterwards courtesy of one of five assists from Totti's boot. The 21-year-old then turned provider as he crossed for fellow debutant Federico Balzaretti to head home before netting his second with a nonchalant finish from a Totti backheel.

"The Giallorossi have a wonderful group of players," Destro said. "I was given a warm welcome. There are many youngsters here, but it's the right mix with experienced elements. I am getting to know Francesco Totti and our rapport on the field will get better all the time."

Totti and Destro, along with and substitutes Erik Lamela and Daniel Osvaldo - who also got themselves on the score-sheet - constantly swapped positions, something Destro is only too happy to do for the enigmatic Zeman.

"I always said I am ready to play wherever the coach wants me to," he said. "I want to do really well and score more than I did last season. After all, it's easier to score goals with Zeman."

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