Roma moving in on a summer deal for Atalanta’s Franck Kessie

La Gazzetta dello Sport (Davide Stoppini) In short, this is the story: Franck Kessie and Roma have sat down at the negotiating table and things are now becoming increasingly clear. This is the result of a meeting last Friday between Roma directors Ricky Massari and Mauro Baldissoni and the player’s agent, the Ivorian George Atangana. Yes, the same agent who – at the end of January – said that he was doubtful Kessie could join Roma (some say that this is because he was initially kept out of negotiations).

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The untold story of Roma’s supporters at Atalanta

Sportpeople.net (Gianvittorio De Gennaro) When watching 2 mantises mate, it’s possible to see just how fascinating the natural order of things can be. From one angle, they seem to be dancing the long waltz of love, but it’s impossible to describe events from multiple perspectives by looking at just one angle; in this case, the view hides the fact that the female, in order to obtain the necessary protein for reproduction, is literally devouring the male. The pictures of Atalanta-Roma that were published by half the country’s media reminded me of this: while people watching on TV were indignant at the clashes in the car park outside the away end between a few Romanisti and the security forces, the partiality of television channels kept some other important factors and perspectives hidden. As a result, those confrontations crossed over from what our eyes actually see and what our heart wants us to see. And while lies fly halfway round the world while the truth is still tying its shoelaces, I decided to give the truth a hand by describing what TV production companies mysteriously omitted from this match in order to make their product more commercially usable. Because, just in case people have forgotten, violence isn’t something that needs to be defeated but should instead be strengthened and moulded to suit the scriptwriters’ needs.

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Roma coach Luciano Spalletti tactically outsmarted by Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini

La Repubblica (Luigi Bolognini) How good were Atalanta. How bad were Roma. It wasn’t going to be an easy game for Spalletti, he knew that, given that the opposition were coming off 6 wins and a draw. But the Bergamaschi’s 2-1 win doesn’t reflect just how they battered Roma after half time: the Giallorossi sank after wave after wave of attacks led by the fantastic Kessié and Galgliardini (and Gomez, Freuler, Spinazzola and the others) in the second half, and Kessié’s penalty was the just reward for a game in which he was everywhere. Credit to Gasperini as well, as he was the clear winner against Spalletti in their tactical battle.

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Referee, players and coach all to blame for Roma’s defeat at Atalanta

Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) Many are to blame for this result: in 45 minutes Roma went from being the only credible challenger to Juventus to ending up level with Milan and being sucked into a group of 5 teams separated by 2 points competing for 2nd place. The scudetto, once again, seems to be something that only Juventus can achieve.

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