Records and regrets: Roma need a team that can last an entire season

Corriere dello Sport (Alberto Polverosi) It was a day for Egyptians, for Verona’s applause for Francesco Totti, for 5 goals for Roma, for closing in on 2nd place, but it was also the day that the Giallorossi set a number of new records as they closed in on the Champions League. The records Roma set yesterday were extraordinary. A record number of league victories: previously 26 in 2013/14, they now have 27 this year and have the chance to increase it further on Sunday against Genoa. A record number of away victories: previously 11, again in 2013/14, now 12 this season (obviously without the chance to extend this further). A record number of consecutive away wins: with the victory in Verona, they extended this to 7.

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Stephan El Shaarawy to fill void left by Edin Dzeko for Roma against Juventus

La Gazzetta dello Sport (Chiara Zucchelli) Last year, with 8 goals in 18 games, he was the unexpected surprise of Roma’s second half of the season, who then paid €13 million to sign him permanently from Milan. This year Stephan El Shaarawy hasn’t lived up to the promise and the expectation of 12 months ago, but the numbers are at least on his side. He is in fact the team’s 4th highest scorer after Dzeko (37 goals), Salah (17) and Nainggolan (13), but he has played a lot less than any of them. He has only just hit the 2000 minutes mark, while the Belgian has played twice that, Dzeko almost twice and Salah 1000 minutes more.

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Roma to face Juventus without Edin Dzeko and possibly Radja Nainggolan

Leggo (Francesco Balzani) Nainggolan and Dzeko have fallen at the final hurdle. Spalletti received the worst news possible from the two fitness tests yesterday ahead of a crucial match against Juventus – as well as the suspended Strootman, he will have to do without the Bosnian and is at risk of not having the Belgian available either. The two most frequently used players in the squad: Radja has played 4042 minutes, Edin 3862. The latter is certain to miss out on his duel with Higuain given that the tests showed “a 1st degree calf strain in his left leg”. He is expected to be out for 10 days, and may be back in time for the penultimate game against Chievo. There’s a ray of hope for Nainggolaan who reported a “swelling in his left calf” in San Siro. His conditions will be evaluated on a day by day basis, although a recovery in time for Juve seems unlikely. Two muscular injuries that are the result of Spalletti’s lack of squad rotation in the past weeks and which have now forced the coach to change his lineup for a game against one of the best teams in Europe.

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Spark returns to Roma’s attack after routing Milan

Corriere dello Sport (Furio Fedele, Alberto Polverosi) Yesterday Spalletti played 4 forwards as well as Nainggolan, who can be considered a trequartista – or at least an attacking midfielder – by now. The 5 Giallorossi players contributed as follows. Edin Dzeko: a double and an assist for El Shaarawy, 5 shots of which 2 were on target (the goals). Mohamed Salah: an assist for Dzeko, winning a penalty and forcing a red card (for Paletta). Diego Perotti: a shot off the post and 4 shots. Stephan El Shaarawy: a goal and 3 shots in half an hour. Radja Nainggolan: a shot off the post and 5 shots. The Belgian was eventually substituted after sustaining muscle fatigue.

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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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