Il Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) They were hoping for Francesco Totti, but they’ll get Riccardo Marchizza. The Austrian fans will be disappointed by this major absence, as Totti is suffering from a muscle problem he hasn’t quite been able to shake off, but they may also be preparing to see a completely new Roma side, full of the club’s excellent youngsters – freshly crowned Supercoppa champions – as their first team ravaged by injuries.
Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) Roma-Austria Vienna: how to ruin everything in 2 minutes and dive back into a familiar tunnel. Roma took 3 steps forward and then as many back, giving away another lead – the 4th already this season – in a game that was virtually over against a modest team like Austria Vienna. In the 82nd minute they were 3-1 up, Spalletti was making substitutions with Palermo in mind (even though he brought on two first teamers in Salah and Dzeko, as well as Palmieri) and then, in the 84th minute, without even realising it, they found themselves level – just as they do in the group, which they lead together with the Austrians.
Describing the Europa League as an opportunity is sure to make people either laugh or cry, and ultimately it is a continuation of the same sort of reaction to the elimination from the Champions League. But without wanting to put too much stress on it, and putting the obvious financial impact that the defeat against Porto had to one side, Roma have an opportunity ahead of them which shouldn’t be taken lightly.