Speaking to Radio Uno, Alessandro Del Piero has urged Luciano Spalletti to play Francesco Totti in what is likely to be his final game for Roma against Genoa. There are just two games left this season, and the Juventus legend has called on the Roma coach to play Totti in next week’s clash at the Olimpico – even if the Giallorossi are still fighting to hold onto 2nd place.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Dario Saltari) When the game kicked off yesterday, there were a number of similarities between Genoa and Roma that would have been almost unthinkable at the start of the season. Both teams lined up with a 3-man defence: Genoa with Izzo, Burdisso and Muñoz; Roma with Juan Jesus, Fazio and Rudiger. Both teams lined up with a heavy emphasis on using their left wing: Genoa lined up with a 3-5-2 formation, although Ocampos was essentially operating as a wide forward; Roma were in a 3-4-2-1 that was weighted towards Perotti, shifting to a 4-2-3-1 when Bruno Peres ventured forward into the final third. Both teams aimed to make the most of their physicality and intensity.
At the end of August, not many people would have thought that there would be so many similarities between Genoa and Roma at the start of January. For many reasons.
laroma24.it (Gabriele Conflitti) Jurisprudence. The science of law, invented – coincidentally – by the Romans. 2,000 years later, it is now being practiced against them with arguably deliberate precision. The Giudice Sportivo has once again decided to use its powers to use Roma as a guinea pig, experimenting on them using methods that have never been practiced before. Strootman’s suspension is just the latest example of a series of unfortunate coincidences – the Giallorossi have had to pay a heavy price for the existence of previously unused laws and regulations over the years.
During their time together at Genoa, Gian Piero Gasperini constantly told Diego Perotti: “Smile, Diego, have a laugh once in a while.” When he brought Perotti to Genoa, the Argentine was a shadow of the man who had once been one of Europe’s hottest properties. Just a couple of years ago, it seemed like he was finished – so much so that Sevilla, who had previously set his release clause at €48m, were prepared to let him go to Genoa for just €350,000 plus a 10% sell-on fee. Now, Perotti is a new man, capable once again of taking on players with ease and confidence. As Roma and Perotti prepare to face Gasperini, currently in charge at Atalanta, it’s worth reflecting on his rise to fame at Sevilla, his downward spiral through injury, and his hard climb back to the top.