La Gazzetta dello Sport (Andrea Pugliese, Luca Taidelli) Inter are aiming to ‘Romanise’ themselves. After appointing the ex-Giallorossi Sabatini and Spalletti, the Nerazzurri hierarchy are now looking at some of Roma’s top players. In truth, their interest predates their appointment of the Certaldo-born coach. Because Nainggolan, Rudiger and Strootman (not to mention the youngster Marchizza and director Massara) are players who any club would be interested in. For now, Ausilio and Sabatini are simply observing as they make their plans for next season. The two clubs have a shared problem of having to balance their books by the end of June to keep in line with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. After that, Inter will be able to let themselves loose thanks to the resources made available to them by Suning. Rudiger has already been highly praised by Sabatini (“a magnificent player”), who brought him to the capital 2 years ago. There won’t be a problem in reaching an agreement with the player, but they need €30 million in order for Roma to balance their accounts. However things seem to be progressing, as they are for Nice’s left back Dalbert.
Corriere dello Sport (Fabio Massimo Splendore) Roma have an embarrassment of riches. A pitch like the Breda at Sesto San Giovanni can only create problems for a highly technically skilled team like Alberto De Rossi’s Roma Primavera side. But … not this time. It really does look like this team is the best around. Maybe they are. Only Entella, the other Coppa Italia finalist, will be able to prove whether there is currently a better side than the Giallorossi. Winners of the league last season, topped off with victory in the Supercoppa – also against Inter – now they have another trophy in their sights.
Corriere dello Sport (Andrea Ramazzotti) Roma have beaten Inter once again (it’s 4 out of 4 now in 2016/17) and have reached the final of the Coppa Italia, where they will face surprise finalists Virtus Entella. After winning the first leg 1-0 at home, the Giallorossi knew that a draw would be enough to take them through, and it seemed like that’s how it would end until stoppage time in the 2nd half when Tumminello scored to make it 2-1, sparking off the celebrations of De Santis and co.
Finally, Roma. The first real moment of joy of the season came against Inter and took the Giallorossi back to where they ought to be, in the top three, a point behind Napoli who wait to face Roma at the San Paolo after the international break. It wasn’t an easy victory but on balance a deserved one, and is the sort of win that can give an injection of enthusiasm even if internationals now break up the league’s rhythm.
Everything already seemed to be decided: Juventus would win the scudetto, Juventus B would finish second and everyone else would compete for third. To judge from everything that has been said during the transfer window and pre-season, it would seem impossible for Serie A to finish any other way, because the Italian champions’ signings seem – on paper – only to have increased the gap with everyone else. And that’s not just referring to Higuain: it’s a question of their squad, their mentality, how used they are to winning. But are we really that sure that this season will be a monologue all about Juventus?