In a long interview with Walter Veltroni of the Corriere dello Sport, Alessandro Florenzi spoke about a range of topics. The full interview follows below.
Roma should have been able to celebrate their win against Sassuolo. The second half was evidence of great team spirit and a resourcefulness and a desire to win that Roma often lack in games that aren’t against one of the very top sides. But in the 84th minute, Alessandro Florenzi landed awkwardly, painfully, as he challenged for the ball, and immediately it was apparent that the injury was serious. Roma’s players had their heads in their hands as they saw what had happened. The next morning, Florenzi and Roma’s worst fears were confirmed: he had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and would require surgery before spending at least 4 months on the sidelines. The injury was all the more gut-wrenching for Roma as, literally 5 minutes before Florenzi’s injury, Antonio Rudiger completed his comeback from his own cruciate ligament injury by coming on as a substitute for his first appearance of the season. It is the latest in a long line of cruciate ligament injuries that has hit both Roma’s first team and the Primavera side.
The wage bill has never been so low, which will sound bad but it is in fact music to the ears of those at Trigoria. It might not last long, because contract renewals will raise the bar again, but this is how it is: Roma have reduced their wage bill to just under €92m following the last transfer window. That has never happened before under James Pallotta. The reasons for this aren’t many and are primarily down to meeting Financial Fair Play targets and a result of missing out on income from the Champions League.
After Roma won their eighth Primavera league title last weekend, asroma.co.uk looks at the last Giallorossi squad to win the Campionato Primavera and where they are now.
When Roma got drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League last December, the consensus was that it was basically a walkover for the Spanish side. It’s a mark of how far Roma have come under Luciano Spalletti already that when the Giallorossi qualified for the last 16 they were jeered off by the fans, but after tonight’s 0-2 defeat against Real Madrid they were applauded off. For 90 minutes, Roma were their old selves: full of energy, tactical discipline and pride in the shirt – all instilled and restored under Spalletti’s charge.