Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) There’s no more time to lose. Roma want to announce the appointment of Di Francesco, the coach chosen as Spalletti’s replacement, by the end of the week, or the start of next week at the latest. What Pallotta said on Tuesday left no doubts. And yesterday there was notable progress made by the Sassuolo coach in freeing himself from that clause that Roma are not prepared to accept. Roma desperately need to appoint a new coach, and are fixated on him, but they cannot and will not pay the €3 million release clause.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Andrea Pugliese, Luca Taidelli) Inter are aiming to ‘Romanise’ themselves. After appointing the ex-Giallorossi Sabatini and Spalletti, the Nerazzurri hierarchy are now looking at some of Roma’s top players. In truth, their interest predates their appointment of the Certaldo-born coach. Because Nainggolan, Rudiger and Strootman (not to mention the youngster Marchizza and director Massara) are players who any club would be interested in. For now, Ausilio and Sabatini are simply observing as they make their plans for next season. The two clubs have a shared problem of having to balance their books by the end of June to keep in line with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. After that, Inter will be able to let themselves loose thanks to the resources made available to them by Suning. Rudiger has already been highly praised by Sabatini (“a magnificent player”), who brought him to the capital 2 years ago. There won’t be a problem in reaching an agreement with the player, but they need €30 million in order for Roma to balance their accounts. However things seem to be progressing, as they are for Nice’s left back Dalbert.
Il Tempo (Erika Menghi) “I’ll decide when I retire”, part 2. It seems as though Francesco Totti hasn’t decided what to do next, and it’s not just about what position he will take upstairs at Roma, because he hasn’t definitively ruled out hanging up his boots just yet. Speaking to Chi, he talked about it once more: “For now I’m enjoying a bit of time off with Ilary, then we’ll see: it’s not a given that I will definitely stop playing.” His mini-break to St Tropez has helped him to unwind a bit, but hasn’t helped him to clear up his future. Was 28th May really his last game as a player? Or just the last time he captains Roma?
Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) Francesco cries. The day has come, and it hurts. It hurts everyone, and we can only imagine how it hurts you. Francesco cries because it wasn’t a celebration. It was something else, neither better nor worse: a moving farewell, a goodbye, the end of a 25 year old story (if you don’t count another 3 years in the youth team), the start of something which not even Totti knows what it will be, and which makes him “afraid”. Ilary cries, the wife of a great champion who now needs her love more than ever before. Cristian cries, Chanel cries, their father has stopped playing and will no longer blow kisses to them from the pitch but will continue to do so at home every day. Isabel doesn’t cry, because she doesn’t know the importance of what was happening, and was the only one really enjoying herself in that vast stadium, full of people, colour, songs, tears, emotions.
La Repubblica (Paolo Di Paolo) First thing in the morning, a young boy was playing on the piazza di Testaccio wearing a number 10 shirt. He was 9 years old. Meanwhile a small group of old men were gathered outside one of the bars, talking about that same number 10. A small sign of how one man can bring generations together. Yesterday this could be seen in Rome as perhaps never before, from the early hours of the day: supporters of all ages and tourists were everywhere, wearing Francesco Totti’s shirt, looking focused, anxious, and melancholy.
Corriere dello Sport (Francesco Guerrieri) 90 more minutes to go in the league, then Serie A goes on its summer holidays. But despite Roma and Napoli vying for it all season, the race for 2nd place is still open: the Giallorossi are currently 1 point ahead of Sarri’s side. And if they beat Genoa on Sunday, they will qualify for the Champions League automatically.
Corriere Dello Sport (Alberto Polverosi) It’s an attacking style, football played on the wings, with overlapping full backs and forward runs from the midfielders. It’s pleasing on the eye, but it never loses its sense of balance. So there is always a bit of confusion when comparing Di Francesco’s 4-3-3 with Zeman’s 4-3-3, which is only ever done in order to talk about the master and the apprentice. It’s difficult to find a Di Francesco side that leaves itself completely open; they are well-organised in defence and like to hit teams on the counter, but also never forget that they can be hit on the break themselves in the blink of an eye. Zeman, on the other hand, plays much more aggressively and much higher up the pitch.