Perugia focus on Intertoto

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PERUGIA are ready to return early from their holidays and focus on the Intertoto Cup campaign that could earn them a place in the Uefa Cup.

Coach Serse Cosmi knows that the competition plays a crucial role in realising president Luciano Gaucci's dream of seeing his side play in Europe this season.

"We have to prepare ourselves for the Intertoto Cup because the Uefa Cup is the dream of Gaucci," confirmed Cosmi.

"It is my duty to keep him happy and to make it possible that we can reach paradise."

The side could be set to lose Jose Ze Maria, with Roma openly admitting they want the Perugia star, and Cosmi will not stand in his way.

"He deserves a big opportunity. He's strong, he can play in a big club and he has performed admirably."

However, the tactician has his own new arrivals in mind with Juventus' Enzo Maresca top of his list.

"I'd like Maresca," adds Cosmi. "He's be the perfect addition to our midfield.

"He has talent, guts and personality."