AS Roma Match Program (Tiziano Riccardi) A lot has changed in 400 days. Everything has changed in 400 days. Exactly 400 days ago – no more, no less – it was 16th December, 2015, and Roma were playing Spezia at the Stadio Olimpico in a Coppa Italia Round of 16 game. The game had to be decided on the night, and the winner would reach the quarter finals to play Lega Pro side Alessandria. Spezia were a mid-table Serie B side, so on paper it shouldn’t have been a tough ask. Garcia’s Roma weren’t in the best form, but it was a game they expected to win.
In an interview with Sportowefakty, Lukasz Skorupski – who is currently on loan at Empoli from Roma – has stated that he will not return to the Giallorossi to be second choice to Wojciech Szczesny, should the Polish number 1 be signed permanently from Arsenal in the summer.
Il Tempo (Tiziano Carmellini) It’s OK to dream, and it’s free. Roma followed up their positive start to the year with another crucial three points away in Udine, but most of all they made the most of Juventus’ slip up as the league leaders were defeated by Sousa’s side in Florence. The defeat showed that, after all the effort that they have put into recent games, Juventus (like all great sides) can be beaten and the leaders now find themselves in a slightly more fragile position.
Roma’s former sporting director, Walter Sabatini, has spoken to Rete7 about his time with the Giallorossi, explaining that he simply had to leave the club but has always been and will always be a tifoso.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Dario Saltari) When the game kicked off yesterday, there were a number of similarities between Genoa and Roma that would have been almost unthinkable at the start of the season. Both teams lined up with a 3-man defence: Genoa with Izzo, Burdisso and Muñoz; Roma with Juan Jesus, Fazio and Rudiger. Both teams lined up with a heavy emphasis on using their left wing: Genoa lined up with a 3-5-2 formation, although Ocampos was essentially operating as a wide forward; Roma were in a 3-4-2-1 that was weighted towards Perotti, shifting to a 4-2-3-1 when Bruno Peres ventured forward into the final third. Both teams aimed to make the most of their physicality and intensity.
At the end of August, not many people would have thought that there would be so many similarities between Genoa and Roma at the start of January. For many reasons.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) Ricky Massara and Walter Sabatini, together again. Yesterday evening the two met in London, together with intermediary Frank Trimboli, for a friendly reunion of colleagues and friends, but which also served a more professional purpose. But Massara didn’t just fly to England to meet his old master, who is currently in talks to potentially take up a role with Tottenham; the main purpose of his trip was to evaluate potential transfer options. For the avoidance of doubt, Franco Baldini – former general director of both Roma and Tottenham and currently Pallotta’s personal advisor – wasn’t present in London, choosing not to interrupt his holiday in South Africa for a working dinner.
Last summer Roma spent big on Gerson to prise him away from Fluminense, much to the disappointment of Barcelona, but the Brazilian has taken time to settle in at the Giallorossi. After a slow first few months during which he primarily featured in the Europa League, he was given a chance by Luciano Spalletti to start last weekend’s game against Juventus but lasted just 45 minutes. In an interview with Globoesporte, Gerson says that he doesn’t believe he has made the wrong choice in joining Roma and is confident about his future with the Giallorossi.