La Repubblica (Francesca Ferrazza) If, as Alisson said before kick off, “this is the most important game of my life”, then the failure against Lazio risks weighing even more heavily on the shoulders of an already injured Roma, who are now forced to lick their wounds after a dark night. The Giallorossi weren’t able to turn the tie around, left crushed by defeat in the first leg (0-2) and were unable to give their fans a night to remember after one of the most highly anticipated derbies of recent times. The 3-2 win – with goals from El Shaarawy and Salah (who scored 2) – wasn’t enough to change the course of the tie and prevent them from failing to reach the final of the Coppa Italia. The fans tried to help their players, refilling the Curva Sud once more thanks to the removal of the barriers which, up until yesterday night, had emptied and silenced the curva. But the festival of colour and sound was confined to the stands, on the pitch the team were marooned, drifting a long way from safety, and they now face an uncertain future. Eventually the fans started to call for the introduction of Totti, the prayer card they were clinging to in hope of a miracle. The number 10 came onto the pitch 10 minutes before the final whistle. The curva gave the Giallorossi captain energy, but he wasn’t able to make his presence count.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Flavio Fusi) In a tense derby that was low on quality, the key to Roma’s victory was in the detail (and in a few tactical adjustments made by coach Luciano Spalletti).
Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) If Rudiger’s interview with Il Tempo was supposed to be a provocation, then first Cataldi and then Lulic went straight for the bait. Last Thursday, the German said – apparently without malice – that “I don’t know Lazio very well, and I know even less about their coach. They’ll definitely be fired up, it’s an important game for both teams. It’s a derby with a lot of history, but I’m not worried and I’m not watching to see what Lazio are doing – I’d prefer to focus on our aim, which is to win. That’s all.” On Saturday, Cataldi replied with a tweet (“Who spoke? We don’t know who you are”) and while yesterday should have been the time to replace words with actions, things got worse afterwards when the players were interviewed on television.
La Repubblica (Matteo Pinci) If you had given him a pen and paper before the game, he might not have been able to write a better story: running towards the Roma supporters, having scored the decisive goal in his first derby since his comeback. And what better occasion than a derby, with a place in the Champions League up for grabs, to go back to being the real Kevin Strootman.
Il Tempo (Tiziano Carmellini) Roma’s win sent out a message to Juventus and Milan: they kept hold of 2nd place (which they share with the Rossoneri), they remain 4 points behind the leaders, and they won their 4th consecutive derby, Spalletti’s 5th overall. There are always 2 sides to the story in the derby: while the Giallorossi fans were delirious, their opponents are left to deal with the controversy and regrets of losing yet another derby (Lazio haven’t won this game since 2013).
AS Roma Match Program (Tiziano Riccardi) Let’s make this clear from the off: this is just for fun. The choices are all subjective and people’s opinions will differ. But here is my perfect team to send out onto the pitch for the derby, imagine them one alongside the other to take on Lazio. The criteria for selection are many and diverse: they may have had special moments in the derby, they may have scored goals, they may have just disdained the opposition.