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Leandro Castán believes Roma must beat Inter to claim third place

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Roma defender Leandro Castán has challenged teammates to reignite their bid for a Champions League play-off finish by beating Inter on Sunday.

The Giallorossi are currently sixth in the Serie A table but have lost three of their last four league matches, which has seen them fall 10 points behind third-placed Lazio.

However, Castán insists reaching Europe's elite club competition is not out of their reach, providing they win on Sunday.

He told Sky Sport 24: "I remember our last victory at San Siro. It was a good match and I expect it to be the same on Sunday.

"It will be crucial in the race to finish third and we have to win. Third place is still possible, but only if we beat Inter."

The Brazilian centre-back also explained his reasons behind leaving Corinthians, where he spent two seasons, having been signed by the Italian capital club for €5.5 million last summer.

Castán added: "I could've stayed at Corinthians but I wanted to play in Europe. Roma showed me their project and I said 'yes'.

"I could have stayed in Brazil until January but [sporting director Walter] Sabatini wanted to bring me to Italy immediately.

"I expect to win the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia with Roma, but a lot of work still needs to be done."

The game against fourth-placed Inter at the Stadio Olimpico is scheduled to kick off at 19:45.

Source: Goal.com


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