Adriano hoping to link up with Totti and Vucinic

Adriano hoping to link up with Totti and Vucinic

Published Jul. 22, 2010 3:27 p.m. ET

New AS Roma striker Adriano said he hopes to form a potent three-pronged attack with Francesco Totti and Mirko Vucinic.

Adriano has signed a three-year contract with Roma, which finished second last season, two points behind champion Inter Milan.

''I like the idea of the trident. We would have to work hard, but it could be possible for us to play together, Totti in the middle and me and Mirko (Vucinic) either side.'' The Brazilian told reporters on Thursday. ''The understanding between us would improve with time.''

Adriano previously had three spells with Inter and scored 48 goals in 123 games. He also scored six times in 15 matches for Fiorentina and hit 23 goals in 37 games with Parma.


His spells with Inter ended on a sour note, however, as he struggled with problems off the pitch following the death of his father, while his weight rose to more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds).

''I felt sad and alone,'' Adriano said. ''Then I went back to Brazil and I improved as a man thanks to my family and my friends. Now I am fine.''

For Brazil he has made 49 appearances and scored 27 goals. He was part of the team that won the 2004 Copa America and the 2005 Confederations Cup and scored twice in the 2006 World Cup.

However, despite joining Flamengo in 2009 in an attempt to win back his place in the Brazil squad, he was overlooked by coach Dunga for the World Cup in South Africa.

''Roma means so much to me,'' Adriano said. ''I know I did unpleasant things and I can't repeat them, but now I am here to get back to the level I used to be. I want to show what sort of player I am and try to get back in the Brazil team.''

Adriano has been on a strict fitness regime since joining Roma in June, but has promised to be fit for the start of the season.

''I would rather not look at the scales,'' he said. ''I stopped for three months, but I can say that within a month I will be near my best physical form.''