Corriere Dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) In the 7th minute of the second half, when the Olimpico had just been silenced by Mertens’ second goal, Spalletti made a double substitution to try and get his team back into the game.
After consulting his closest assistant, Marco Domenichini, the Tuscan coach made the double change just before a Roma corner. Fazio and El Shaarawy were coming off, Bruno Peres and Salah were going on. Part of the reason was that the Argentine wasn’t in the best physical condition when he had gone onto the pitch.
Il Faraone was already at the corner flag, waiting to take the set piece, while the other players were taking their positions in the penalty area. Fazio was among them, ready to compete for a header as he so often does at corners. When the electronic board went up to indicate the changes, every Roma player turned towards the bench to see who was going off.
Both Fazio and El Shaarawy were visibly annoyed. The forward left the pitch directly from the corner flag, Fazio went towards the bench but walked behind Spalletti and told his assistants that it would have been better to wait until after the corner had been taken to make the change. It was a moment of irritation that was partly down to the result, but after the game both Fazio and El Shaarawy were completely at ease as they left the Olimpico.