Roma’s macabre injury curse strikes again: from Emerson to Luca Pellegrini

Pagine Romaniste (Alessio Nardo) The umpteenth “buona fortuna”, another “good luck and come back stronger than before” to add to the list. It’s becoming an almost macabre collection. Sad, gloomy, irritating and tiresome. This time it’s Luca Pellegrini, born in 1999, perhaps the most promising member of Alberto De Rossi’s Primavera side. A young left back with great stamina and quality. Who also has great personality. His dreams of what might have been this summer were shattered during a tedious and irritable friendly against the Czech side FC Slovacko. A torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. A prognosis that has become ominously habitual.

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Roma begin life after Francesco Totti

Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) It’s more than a new start, it’s a new era. 6th July 2017 is a historic day all because of one high-profile absentee: after 25 seasons (plus 3 in the youth teams), Totti’s car hasn’t pulled up to the gates of Trigoria. At least for now, because his future will still be at Roma, albeit in another guise. What that may be isn’t clear yet and won’t be until he meets the directors, a meeting that he has preferred to push back: once his new role has been clearly identified, the pre-agreed 6-year contract will be ‘activated’; whether this will happen during the US tour or later remains to be seen. It could be said, however, that Totti has already completed his first task as a ‘director’: 1 month ago he met Mancini in Saint Tropez and the two, who are very close, discussed Manolas and Paredes among other things. In the end, only the Argentine went to Zenit, but Francesco’s ‘recommendation’ will have had its use.

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Roma hope to announce Eusebio Di Francesco as new coach in coming days

Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) There’s no more time to lose. Roma want to announce the appointment of Di Francesco, the coach chosen as Spalletti’s replacement, by the end of the week, or the start of next week at the latest. What Pallotta said on Tuesday left no doubts. And yesterday there was notable progress made by the Sassuolo coach in freeing himself from that clause that Roma are not prepared to accept. Roma desperately need to appoint a new coach, and are fixated on him, but they cannot and will not pay the €3 million release clause.

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Who is Eusebio Di Francesco? Analysing the tactics of Roma’s possible next coach

Corriere Dello Sport (Alberto Polverosi) It’s an attacking style, football played on the wings, with overlapping full backs and forward runs from the midfielders. It’s pleasing on the eye, but it never loses its sense of balance. So there is always a bit of confusion when comparing Di Francesco’s 4-3-3 with Zeman’s 4-3-3, which is only ever done in order to talk about the master and the apprentice. It’s difficult to find a Di Francesco side that leaves itself completely open; they are well-organised in defence and like to hit teams on the counter, but also never forget that they can be hit on the break themselves in the blink of an eye. Zeman, on the other hand, plays much more aggressively and much higher up the pitch.

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Roma to change coach for 14th time in 14 years as Luciano Spalletti packs his bags

Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) Another one goes. Roma will change their coach for the 14th time in 14 seasons, an average of once a year. This time it’s Spalletti who is packing his bags once again, with the same feeling of having left something unfinished as he had when he departed 2 games into the season in 2009. As was the case then, the Tuscan is leaving because he doesn’t feel as supported by the club as he should be. Whether it’s been in how he has handled the difficult situation of Totti’s final season, in the transfer market, in his relations with the outside world, Spalletti accuses Roma of leaving him isolated.

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