Gazzetta dello Sport (Chiara Zucchelli) From Marquinhos to Benatia, from Yanga-Mbiwa to Manolas – in the last few years, Roma supporters have more often than not adored their centre backs. Except for the Greek, who is in his third season with the Giallorossi, the others only lasted 12 months, sold to make the club a profit. However, the new leader of the Roman defence, Federico Fazio, seems to be about to take a different path. He has already reached the number of appearances required to trigger the release clause agreed with Tottenham (it’s easy to work that out, given that he hasn’t missed a minute of the league season since September) and Roma have given him a contract until 2019, tying him down for the next 2 seasons with a salary worthy of a top player: €3 million a year, including bonuses related to both individual and the team’s performances. He joined the club in the summer for a minimal fee, a €1.2 million loan fee and a €3.2 million option to make it permanent (he cost less than every other centre back Roma have signed in the last few years, including the young Marquinhos), and is performing to such a high level that Spalletti said after the Cagliari game that “it would be impossible for us to do without him right now”.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) The scudetto is a democratic republic, built on hard work. It must be done in a workmanlike manner, without any mistakes, in order to achieve the greatest of all results. So far, on home turf, Roma haven’t made a single mistake. Nor have Juventus, who saw off Lazio in the lunchtime kick-off. And with their victory against Cagliari, their 10th in 10 home league games this season, they have set a record they can be proud of. The players’ joy to the sounds of Grazie Roma is perfectly justifiable: despite a dull game, it was a result that went beyond yesterday evening’s opponents – who were too defeatist – and the league table – which saw them consolidate their position in 2nd place. It was a result that made history, and brought honour on the club.
laroma24.it (Gabriele Conflitti) Jurisprudence. The science of law, invented – coincidentally – by the Romans. 2,000 years later, it is now being practiced against them with arguably deliberate precision. The Giudice Sportivo has once again decided to use its powers to use Roma as a guinea pig, experimenting on them using methods that have never been practiced before. Strootman’s suspension is just the latest example of a series of unfortunate coincidences – the Giallorossi have had to pay a heavy price for the existence of previously unused laws and regulations over the years.
The wolf can change its skin, can change its coach, but can almost never get out of its bad habits. The 4th winning position conceded in the last 10 months led Luciano Spalletti to denounce a deep-rooted problem in his squad: “This team is lacking in personality.” De Rossi was stripped of the captain’s armband, which was handed to Florenzi instead, and the lack of flexibility in changing the team’s tactics during the game are just a couple of the key elements in yet another blundering match from the Giallorossi. Yet another “squandered opportunity.”