Corriere dello Sport (Alberto Polverosi) They came onto the pitch in purple, they left it beaten black and blue. Roma played some excellent football for an hour against a shell of an opponent. Fiorentina completely fell to pieces and only escaped a defeat of the same magnitude as Bologna’s against Napoli because of some poor finishing (and a few good saves from Tatarusanu). To take just 1 statistic to give a clear indication of just how dominant this 4-0 win was: Spalletti’s team took 16 shots from inside the Viola penalty area. Not even Juventus managed that many against Pescara. By humiliating Fiorentina, Roma once again overtook Napoli to edge closer to Juve, while Dzeko took his place at the top of the Serie A scoring charts in the process. While the Giallorossi celebrated, it was misery for the Viola.
Il Tempo (Erika Menghi) It’s lucky he doesn’t lack personality. Dzeko doesn’t just score goals for fun, now he’s a leader in terms of what he says as well. “We won’t win the derby playing like that. We mustn’t be afraid when we’re playing at home. It was hard, we were better than them but we didn’t show that and we didn’t play better than them. But we have the 3 points and it was important to get those. This game is already in the past now, it will be a different story against Lazio: we’ll do everything we can to win.”
Il Messaggero (Stefano Carina) Still no sign of progress. Neither Nainggolan, Manolas, Strootman, Spalletti nor De Rossi have seen their respective contractual situations move forward, regardless of how urgent it is to agree on new terms. Whether it’s just a renewal or a pay rise, their situations are the same as they were at the start of the summer.
La Repubblica (Matteo Pinci) There are some who already want him to go to America to play against – or maybe join – his friend Andrea Pirlo. Others imagined that he may go to Turin to wear the shirt of the enemy, Juventus. But with 8 months left on his contract, Daniele De Rossi’s priority lies elsewhere: with Roma.
The spirit of Roma, of not backing down but resisting and keeping going, is typified by their three midfield players, who were able to neutralise Porto with their strength and tackling. One of them, Daniele De Rossi, prophetically called the game “a battle”. If the target of the Champions League now seems to be within reach, it’s down to the perfect execution of the job done by the captain against Porto – De Rossi himself.
Luciano Spalletti has spoken in depth about Roma’s transfer plans for this summer, discussing potential signings, the difficulty of keeping players signed on loan last summer and who he hopes to keep at the club following Miralem Pjanic’s departure.
After Roma won their eighth Primavera league title last weekend, asroma.co.uk looks at the last Giallorossi squad to win the Campionato Primavera and where they are now.