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.
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 (Tiziano Riccardi) 30th May, 2015: Roma-Palermo, Matchday 38 of the 2014/15 Serie A season. It was the final game in Italy’s top flight, and it was a sweet epilogue, coming as it did 5 days after the Iturbe and Yanga-Mbiwa derby. That derby secured the Giallorossi’s direct qualification to the Champions League group stage at the expense of their local rivals. But the game against the Sicilians was the last time that the Curva Sud turned up in their entirety to support their team freely, without being troubled in how they entered the ground or being divided by barriers in the middle of the curva. After that Roma-Palermo game the Curva Sud was full for Roma-Juventus in the league and Roma-Barcelona in the Champions League the next season, but – with the construction of the dividing wall – the support wasn’t the same. It couldn’t be. In the first game the fans remained in silence in protest throughout the 90 minutes, despite the 2-1 win with goals from Pjanic and Dzeko. In the second game, some decided to abandon the prestigious European tie with the Spaniards (a 1-1 draw, with an outrageous goal from Florenzi from midfield) which, actually, began the general strike by supporters that officially started the following Sunday for the home game with Sassuolo.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) Monchi is virtually on the road that leads to Trigoria. He has already confided to some of his closest colleagues what sort of Roma he wants to build, starting off with his evaluation of the many youngsters the Giallorossi own, with the aim of building a squad that knows how to play a spectacular style of football. Monchi hasn’t yet made his move to Roma official, and nor have the Giallorossi directors (even if there are positive noises coming from some of them) but on Tuesday afternoon, during a director’s meeting, the Spanish sporting director announced to Sevilla that in the summer he will be ending his time at the club where he has spent his entire career as a director.
Il Tempo (Erika Menghi) “The pizza was good” was the only ‘verdict’ given by Pallotta after trying to convince Spalletti to stay at Roma over dinner. But the focus of the meal at the pizzeria San Marco was the coach’s future, and now the key will be determining whether the meeting was a success. It wasn’t a decisive meeting, because despite the smiles and the relaxed faces of those who took part, there remained a deep silence that suggested no decision had been made. Essentially, it was more of an open discussion than a meeting that necessitated definitive answers. “It was a good evening,” the coach said as he left the restaurant, climbing into Massara’s car – not a word more.
Corriere Dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) Radja Nainggolan is a man of his word. From the Belgium training camp, he has asked the club not to sell him. He is one of the jewels in the crown who risk being sold in the next transfer window, but he’s already made his choice, which is a lifestyle choice. “I’m very happy in Rome, my family is happy and the weather is usually good as well. Sometimes choices are made for money, others are made for the quality of life, and that’s important for me as it’s something you can’t replicate somewhere else. What’s more, if I was to go and play in England I’d have to start again from scratch, when I’m currently very happy in Rome. You never know what can happen in the future though.” Nainggolan is waiting for a call from Roma to improve his contract and thereby lower the possibility of going to earn a lot more in China, but he certainly isn’t lacking offers. “I’m not thinking about it at the moment, but you can never say no at this point. You have to evaluate it at the right time.” His agent Alessandro Beltrami is in close contact with the Giallorossi directors, who have assured him that they will honour their promise of an improved contract, even though there’s no urgent rush given that his contract expires in 2020. Up until now there has been no call from them, but Nainggolan is open to earning a lower wage than he is being offered in England in order to stay at Roma. He is also happy to wait until the end of the season to hear from the club. He wants to win at Roma, he has an excellent relationship with Spalletti, who is unable to do without him. The 2 got along immediately and the connection between them goes beyond the football pitch: they are 2 strong characters who get along perfectly. Continue reading
Corriere dello Sport (Alberto Polverosi) The bottom 4 teams in Serie A are in a league of their own. If Empoli, who have picked up 1 point in the least 8 games, still have a 7 point lead over Palermo and 8 over Crotone, 18th and 19th in the table respectively, it means that there is very little quality below them. But, if we continue to look at Empoli, there’s still something (someone) that can be rescued from this tense and laboured season. That is Lukasz Skorupski, who turns 26 in May, the Polish goalkeeper currently in his 2nd season with the Tuscan club, his 1st with Martusciello after the one under Giampaolo. If they avoid relegation, he will celebrate setting a historic record with Empoli: the Azzurri have never before remained in Serie A for 4 seasons in a row. And if they achieve it, a large part of the achievement is down to him. For the penalties, but also for his performances in an excellent season.