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Tiago Pinto discusses Europa League ambitions before Real Betis clash

AS Roma executive Tiago Pinto
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Roma executive Tiago Pinto admitted the club are motivated to overturn their Europa League fortunes ahead of this evening’s group clash against Real Betis.

The Giallorossi currently sit third in Group C with three points, six behind the Spaniards and one behind Ludogorets.

“This competition is always an objective for us. Look at what we did in Europe last season,” he told Sky Sport.

“The Europa League is more competitive but tonight we’re going to give all of our strength, energy, and motivation in order to put in a good performance.”

Pinto also addressed the team’s scoring struggles and his opinion on Andrea Belotti and Tammy Abraham starting together for the first time this season.

“Of course I expected more up front from our attack. Attackers lose confidence when they don’t find the back of the net and it makes things more complicated for them.”

“Look at Lautaro Martinez: he didn’t score in 6-7 matches but yesterday he scored a crucial goal for Inter. The team is creating a lot of goalscoring opportunities and hopefully we can take advantage of these chances.”

“As for Belotti, tonight is a great chance for him. He’s worked well since joining and I think it’s a good opportunity for him to show why he acquired him.”

Adding, “But now isn’t the time to put too much pressure on any single individual in the team.”

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