Roma’s Edin Dzeko eyeing Golden Shoe after going top of Serie A scoring charts

Il Tempo (Erika Menghi) From the scrapheap to the king of goals. Dzeko has claimed top spot in the Serie A scoring charts, overtaking Mertens, but – not content with that – he has also gone level on 34 points with Aubameyang in the race for the Golden Shoe. The current holder is a certain Luis Suarez who, like Messi, has 2 points less than Edin.

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“There’s still a lot of time to think about that,” the Bosnian says, “as there are lots of games left. The team’s style of play helps me, there’s no Dzeko without this team.” But it was only after his goal that his team-mates found their courage and started to dominate a game that was, initially, quite even. “It’s not easy to win 4-0 against such a good team. Now we’ve got another difficult game at Crotone.” His record, 24 goals in 32 games, speaks for itself – or at least for the new Dzeko. “Everything has changed compared to last year: I know the league better and I have confidence in our style under Spalletti. My head is where it needs to be as well.”

Dzeko will be reunited with 2 first-choice forwards at Crotone, Perotti and Salah, who were both on the bench yesterday. The Egyptian’s presence was something of a surprise, given that he had only got off the plane in the capital at lunchtime after returning from the recently-concluded African Cup of Nations. After the victory, Totti also replied to mayor Raggi’s message after she had invited him to the Campidoglio. “I’d be happy to meet her, maybe to toast the stadium’s approval. Our directors will handle the project itself though, they’re more qualified and well-prepared to talk about it than I am. I only hope that it will be approved soon.”

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