Thursday, May 21, 2009

I Would Give Paolo Maldini 100 Ballon d'Ors - Roma Defender Mexes

Roma defender Philippe Mexes talked about the team's troubled season, his future and retiring Milan legend, Paolo Maldini...

Roma have one of the worst defensive records in Serie A, conceding a whopping 57 goals this season that currently make them the fourth worst defence in the league.

Defender Philippe Mexes gave an interview to Sky in which he talked about the team's disappointing season and his own future, which he doesn't think will be away from Rome.

"It's been a very tough season," he said. "All we have now is the sixth place and we have to hang on to that. We have two very difficult games left and we start on Sunday against Milan. It will be a fundamental match for them too. There are three very important points to play for.

"The sixth place is very important for us. If we want to save this season, we have to finish sixth at all costs. We are very eager to start preparing for next season, but before that we want to end this one well."

On his future, the Frenchman commented, "I am staying here. Personally I haven't done very well this season so I want to make amends.

"Will we be competitive next year? Roma have always been competitive. This season we have had some episodes go against us. It's hard to imagine things going worse next year. President [Franco] Sensi died, all these injuries, a so-so preparation period. It couldn't have gone worse."

On Milan legend Paolo Maldini, who will play his last home match against the Giallorossi this weekend, Mexes said, "I give my compliments to him. I'd like to see everyone stand up for him, to applaud him because he is the image of football in Italy and the world. He's never won the Ballon d'Or, but I would give him a hundred."

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