Summer signing Romulo believes patience and clinical finishing will prove key to unlocking the Chievo defence when the Bianconeri begin their Serie A campaign at the Bentegodi on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old knows more than a thing or two about this weekend’s opponents after previously plying his trade for their inter-city rivals Hellas Verona and expects the Gialloblu to try and make life difficult for Juventus by defending in numbers.
In an exclusive interview with Jtv, Romulo began: “Playing against Chievo is never easy. They close down well and get 11 men behind the ball. We need to be patient, keep the ball and make the most of our occasions to try and break the deadlock as soon as possible.”
After enduring a three-month spell on the sidelines which forced him to pull out of the preliminary Azzurri World Cup squad, Romulo feels he will soon be back to his best after getting a useful 45 minutes under his belt in last weekend’s Trofeo TIM meeting with Sassuolo.
“I’m currently 80 to 85 per cent of the way there, but that’s understandable considering I’ve been out for practically three months. I’m getting sharper and will be in peak condition within a week to ten days.”
Once fit, the versatile midfielder is relishing the prospect of sampling the magic of Europe’s elite club competition at first hand when the Bianconeri embark on their Champions League campaign in September.
He concluded: “I’m excited by the challenge of playing Champions League football. I hope we’re able to do well and enjoy a great season. My personal targets for the campaign? Score and provide more than I did last term.”