Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar: “We’re taking things match by match, we want to get the club back into the Champions League.”

John Solano

Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar has made 20 league appearances this season under manager Paulo Fonseca and has seen a dramatic increase in his role within the team.

The 22 year-old, who arrived at the club 13 months ago, was asked about the Giallorossi’s objectives for the remainder of the campaign and maintained that their primary goal is to finish in a Champions League place.

“We always have our minds focused on the next match,” he said in an lengthy interview to Il Tempo.

“For example, we currently sit third in the table and now we want to try and grab the second spot. This is the mentality we must take so that we can get Roma back into the Champions League.”

The youngster was also asked about his habit of talking with his hands and gesturing while on the pitch – something that has turned into a bit of a running gag on social media among Roma supporters.

A clip of Villar went viral earlier this season after he was spotted making the sign of the cross in reaction to a goal scored by Sassuolo being ruled offside, “I can’t help but show how I feel,” he joked.

“I play with a lot of passion and it’s tough not to show my emotions during a match. I really like gesturing, my friends always give me stick about it because they tell me that my hands never stop moving.”

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