Adriano open to Italy return

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Former Internazionale and Parma striker Adriano has stated that he would welcome a return to Italy, with Roma his favoured destination.

The 28-year-old is currently playing his football back in his native Brazil with Flamengo, but says that he is over the personal problems which ended his first spell in Serie A.

He told Sky Sport 24: "Now that I have rediscovered desire, determination and happiness, I would return to Italy.

"Roma want me and I would willingly play with Francesco Totti.

"I miss the friendships I made at Inter. When I watch them play I imagine that I am still there. In the future, if I have the chance to go back I will do it out of love."

Fiorentina head coach Cesare Prandelli remains confident that his side can see off Bayern Munich and reach the last eight in the Champions League.

La Viola lost out 2-1 in the first leg of their round of 16 tie in the Allianz Arena, being denied a draw by a controversial last-gasp goal from Miroslav Klose.

Klose was a couple of yards offside when he headed in the winner, after Fiorentina had held out following the sending-off of Massimo Gobbi.

Prandelli said afterwards: "We did everything right on the field. We only failed to double up our marking on the linesman.

"When you play with ten men for 25 minutes and work that hard, you want your efforts rewarded.

"It was a great performance, we know in two weeks we'll challenge them in Florence. Bayern are a wonderful side, but if we play like that then we can go through.

"We will continue with even more belief in the second leg.

"The team know it must keep working like this, as by playing well, sooner or later the incidents have to go our way."

Cagliari striker Alessandro Matri has set his sights on trying to break into the Italy squad for the World Cup finals in South Africa.

The 25-year-old has scored ten goals in 23 Serie A appearances this season and is being tipped as a possible outsider to secure a place in Marcello Lippi's squad.

Matri admitted: "It's a dream to play for Italy, but it's difficult to get into the squad right now.

"My reality is Cagliari. I want to stay here, grow a bit more and continue to be part of this team. We are maturing and beginning to understand our own strengths."

Matri started his career with AC Milan, making one appearance before being loaned out to Prato, Lumezzane and Rimini.