Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) Unai Emery has already reached an agreement with Roma. He has agreed a three-year contract in principle with Monchi. He is the coach that the Giallorossi have chosen, if Spalletti keeps to his word and leaves the team following the last of their six remaining games in the league, in which they are currently second place. The Tuscan coach is said to have already confirmed his irreversible decision to some of the players.
In a long interview with Walter Veltroni of the Corriere dello Sport, Alessandro Florenzi spoke about a range of topics. The full interview follows below.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) Necessity dictates that this option is taken seriously: Roma are scouring the market for players available on a free transfer. At this stage they have no other option, with their last financial statement heavily in the red and participation in the Champions League not yet assured. And so Monchi, who will be in Valencia tomorrow for the game against Sevilla, is working closely with Ricky Massara to establish if there are options available who would fit in with the team’s needs next season.
Former Roma forward Jonathan Alexis Ferrante has revealed to gianlucadimarzio.com that he was signed instead of Andrea Belotti by ex-sporting director Walter Sabatini on account of his age. This season has been Belotti’s breakout season at Torino with 23 goals in 27 games so far, while Ferrante is now at Brescia in Serie B.
Former Roma midfielder David Pizarro has urged the club to offer Luciano Spalletti a new contract. Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, Pizarro said that Spalletti is one of the best coaches in Europe and should stay with the Giallorossi.
La Repubblica (Francesca Ferrazza) If, as Alisson said before kick off, “this is the most important game of my life”, then the failure against Lazio risks weighing even more heavily on the shoulders of an already injured Roma, who are now forced to lick their wounds after a dark night. The Giallorossi weren’t able to turn the tie around, left crushed by defeat in the first leg (0-2) and were unable to give their fans a night to remember after one of the most highly anticipated derbies of recent times. The 3-2 win – with goals from El Shaarawy and Salah (who scored 2) – wasn’t enough to change the course of the tie and prevent them from failing to reach the final of the Coppa Italia. The fans tried to help their players, refilling the Curva Sud once more thanks to the removal of the barriers which, up until yesterday night, had emptied and silenced the curva. But the festival of colour and sound was confined to the stands, on the pitch the team were marooned, drifting a long way from safety, and they now face an uncertain future. Eventually the fans started to call for the introduction of Totti, the prayer card they were clinging to in hope of a miracle. The number 10 came onto the pitch 10 minutes before the final whistle. The curva gave the Giallorossi captain energy, but he wasn’t able to make his presence count.
AS Roma Match Program (F. Viola) We spoke to Mario Rui ahead of the league derby to mark his return to the first team after his long injury. It boded well, the Portuguese defender was selected in the squad and the game finished 2-0 to us. A good reason to interview Mario Rui again on the eve of the Coppa Italia match, after 6 appearances in all competitions and with his performances continually improving.