Dzeko: Europa goals inspire me

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Roma hitman, Edin Dzeko, reveals that scoring in the Europa League motivates him to achieve something big.

The 30-year-old former Wolfsburg and Manchester City forward has scored two hat-tricks in the competition this season. But does he feel like he is at his peak?

"Yes, I'm 30, nearly 31, and I admit this is perhaps my best-ever season,” the Bosnian told Uefa.com.

"I don't feel like a 30-year-old. I'm in top form and I'm ready, which hasn't happened by accident. I work hard, before and after training. Scoring three goals in one game is not easy, but when I do it in the Europa League it motivates me because I know I've achieved something big.

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"It motivates me to keep scoring. I think those are my only two hat-tricks in the Europa League and I hope there are much more to come.

"When I scored my first hat-trick against Viktoria Plzeň, I took the match ball home and my daughter Una immediately took it and didn't want to let go; she played with it all day.

"Of course, I then dedicated the second hat-trick to her."

How does it feel to work with a legend like Francesco Totti?

"He means everything to Roma. When you're at the stadium for a game where he's not playing from the start and the fans see him warm up, they go crazy. The atmosphere cranks up a notch.

"Totti is a legend of Roma and Rome, but when you talk with him you'd never know that he is such a star because he is a cool guy who treats everyone well. It's simply an honour to play with him."
 
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The Giallorossi face Lyon at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday evening, with kick-off at 09:05 pm

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