Rome – and Miralem Pjanic – go mad for Edin Dzeko

Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) Everyone’s mad about Dzeko. Including those who called him a flop last season, fogetting that his career spoke – and continues to speak – for itself. He has 28 goals in 34 appearances, a crazy record after his hat-trick against Villarreal, particularly given that there are still 3 and a half months to go this season. Roma are hoping to go all the way on 3 fronts and will be squeezing everything they can out of the Bosnian until the very last moment. The forward has become undroppable for Spalletti, and it will be the same story at the Olimpico tomorrow for the visit of Torino, who not only have many former Roma players in their ranks but also a striker – Belotti – who is chasing down Higuain and Dzeko at the top of the Serie A goalscoring charts.

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Roma’s Edin Dzeko eyeing Golden Shoe after going top of Serie A scoring charts

Il Tempo (Erika Menghi) From the scrapheap to the king of goals. Dzeko has claimed top spot in the Serie A scoring charts, overtaking Mertens, but – not content with that – he has also gone level on 34 points with Aubameyang in the race for the Golden Shoe. The current holder is a certain Luis Suarez who, like Messi, has 2 points less than Edin.

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Fantastic Roma reclaim 2nd place after Fiorentina rout

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.

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Edin Dzeko: Some fans can’t wait to criticise me, but I want to win at Roma

Il Messaggero (Alessandro Angeloni, Stefano Carina, Massimo Caputi and Ugo Trani) People have said that, as a person, he’s a different class and someone who is culturally above average. After spending about an hour with him at Trigoria, we can confirm that’s true: Edin Dzeko is a different class, and culturally above average. A man of substance, not just playing the act. He’s philosophical. He’s simple, sincere, serene. Cheerful. He also smiles when he talks about his mistakes and the insults directed at him. He’s slightly surprised when he sits down to see multiple cameras and four open notebooks in front of him. “How many of you are there?” he exclaims, as if to ask why there is so much attention being given to him. “This isn’t an interview, it’s a forum,” Edin jokes. It soon becomes a – very simple – conversation, which Dzeko uses to tell his story. “If you have any problems, just speak in English,” we suggest to him. But he chooses not to: he always speaks in Italian, however he can, even when he inevitably finds a hole in his vocabulary and struggles to find the right words. Edin stops, thinks, finds the right word (and if he doesn’t find it, he invents one) and carries on, just like he does after he misses a chance in front of goal. Mistakes, (pot)holes, we’re used to everything in Rome. “Rome is a wonderful city, especially for someone who has lived in places like Manchester and Wolfsburg. Of course, it can be difficult to drive around – the streets are like Sarajevo’s after the bombing. You can see that it’s a city in difficulty, in crisis. It needs investment, the streets can’t be left abandoned like this.”

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Roma show the key to Serie A is a prolific attack, not a tight defence

La Gazzetta dello Sport (Fabio Bianchi) Things were set in stone. It shouldn’t have been possible for them to change. But now the old cliché of Italian teams setting themselves up primarily not to concede goals has finally been turned on its head. Scoring is, finally, at the forefront of our league’s top sides. It’s the most obvious thing of all to say that to win you have to score goals. To score goals, teams need lots of attackers – and good ones. 20 years ago, the system changed to 3 points for a win, and this helped enormously. But recent seasons have shown a surge of goalscorers, particularly this season. We’re just past the halfway mark of the season, and you can clearly see that this scudetto race will be a race like few others.

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Edin Dzeko and Daniele De Rossi: Roma won’t win the derby playing like this

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.”

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Roma struggle to victory against Pescara but close gap with Juventus

La Repubblica (Francesca Ferrazza) Edin Dzeko has decided that he’s never going to stop scoring. In front of 23,000 fans against a modest Pescara side, the striker was head and shoulders above everyone else as he decided the match with 2 goals. It was his 5th brace of the season, in addition to a hat-trick in the Europa League. With 12 league goals and 17 in 20 games in all competitions this season, he is doing better for the Giallorossi than even Batistuta.

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