Valletta’s Romeu Romão speaks exclusively to ElWriteBack about Valletta’s successful 2015/16 season.
The Brazilian has played for a number of sides including, Vasas Budapest, Palmeiras B and Sport Club Internacional B.
After Monday’s Champions League First Qualifying Round draw Maltese champions, Valletta were drawn against Faroese side B36 Tórshavn.
One man who is looking forward to having a taste of Europe’s biggest football competition is Brazilian, Romeu Romão.
The former Palmeiras B player joined Valletta during the July 2015 transfer window on a free transfer from Dom Bosco. With a contract until 2018 Romäo is set to stay with the Lily Whites for two more years.
The talented player currently wears the shirt number, 90 for Valletta adding him to a list of unique players who have their birth year on the back of their shirt.
Valletta finished top of the BOV Premier League last season. How does the side plan to carry on this success for the 2016/17 season?
We need to keep the base of the team, so we can achieve the same goals. It is also down to increasingly hard work and putting in the practice that we did during the previous season.
You finished ahead of Hibernians last season. Would you say the side were your toughest competition within the league?
Yes of course, because they were defending the title last season and the quality of their players is always high. I believe they are our biggest adversary, but our biggest rival would be Floriana.
You were suspended for April’s match against Tarxien Rainbows. How disappointed were you to miss out on this game?
Not really, because it was a strategic tactic used by our technical staff for me not to miss the most important games which were coming up.
Valletta face B36 Torshavn in the Champions League first round of qualifying. How do the side prepare for European fixtures compared to the way they usually prepare for a league game?
During our pre season we are all monitored by a system, which we then use in training and games, therefore we all have goals to reach for the level of quality in a Champions League game. With international competitions we have to priorities the defensive side of the game whereas in the Maltese League we work more on the offensive part.
Your teammate, Roderick Briffa was named MFA Footballer of the Year. How talented is the midfielder?
He is an addition of talent; he has the professionalism to take care of himself away from the field. Despite his age he has a lot of talent. He is a good person and a great captain.