After arriving in the Unites States for the club’s pre-season tour, Roma defender Federico Fazio spoke to journalists at Eastern Michigan University, answering questions on the new Giallorossi coach Eusebio Di Francesco and their aims for next season.
Corriere Dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) In the 7th minute of the second half, when the Olimpico had just been silenced by Mertens’ second goal, Spalletti made a double substitution to try and get his team back into the game.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Chiara Zucchelli) Like Fazio, his arrival in Rome was met with a great deal of scepticism. But in just a few months, Leandro Cufré (who is now beginning his career as a coach in Mexico) won the hearts of the fans, and now Fazio is following in his footsteps.
Gazzetta dello Sport (Chiara Zucchelli) From Marquinhos to Benatia, from Yanga-Mbiwa to Manolas – in the last few years, Roma supporters have more often than not adored their centre backs. Except for the Greek, who is in his third season with the Giallorossi, the others only lasted 12 months, sold to make the club a profit. However, the new leader of the Roman defence, Federico Fazio, seems to be about to take a different path. He has already reached the number of appearances required to trigger the release clause agreed with Tottenham (it’s easy to work that out, given that he hasn’t missed a minute of the league season since September) and Roma have given him a contract until 2019, tying him down for the next 2 seasons with a salary worthy of a top player: €3 million a year, including bonuses related to both individual and the team’s performances. He joined the club in the summer for a minimal fee, a €1.2 million loan fee and a €3.2 million option to make it permanent (he cost less than every other centre back Roma have signed in the last few years, including the young Marquinhos), and is performing to such a high level that Spalletti said after the Cagliari game that “it would be impossible for us to do without him right now”.