Bruno Peres spoke to pagineromaniste.com at the ‘Briswa – The Ball Rolls in the Same Way for All’ event on Monday. Among his responses he admitted that he hasn’t been satisfied with his first season at Roma, and hopes that Juventus lose the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Flavio Fusi) Roma-Juventus could have marked the finishing line in the race for the scudetto: 7 points ahead at kick-off, the Bianconeri only needed 1 point to shake off the Giallorossi for good and seal their 6th consecutive title, a Serie A record. For Spalletti’s team, on the other hand, the threat of watching the Bianconeri celebrate the title in their own stadium loomed over them, a worse prospect than 2014 when Osvaldo’s goal gave Juventus – who were already champions by that point – a record-breaking number of points, ruining the celebrations of the final home game of Rudi Garcia’s first season.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) The future in 270 minutes. Roma will be playing for theirs over the next 3 games, the last with Spalletti on the bench. But the coach wants to leave having accomplished something very important to the club: finishing second, which has been in the balance for the last few weeks after seeming certain in October. The third last game of the season will be crucial, with Torino hosting Napoli and Roma hosting Juventus. If Napoli don’t beat Mihajlovic’s team, the Giallorossi can even afford to lose against the Bianconeri after having picked up 6 points in the last 2 games. But Sarri’s team are in great form and Roma need to avoid taking any risks and aim to pick up 3 points. In order to do that, Spalletti is going to have to cobble together a starting 11. But he is hoping to have both Nainggolan and Perotti back, who picked up injuries last Sunday evening in San Siro. Strootman will be absent as he serves the second match of his suspension, as will Dzeko, who picked up a muscular injury against Milan. The coach will be forced to reshuffle his midfield and attack, but Rudiger will be back in defence, allowing Roma to have their first choice back 4 again with the German on the right, Manolas and Fazio in the centre, and Emerson Palmieri in his natural position at left back. De Rossi and Paredes will be in central midfield again, just like in San Siro, where the Argentine had an excellent game. Nainggolan should play as a trequartista in the 4-2-3-1 formation, with Perotti playing as a false 9 in Spalletti’s striker-less attack. Last season, this striker-less attack revitalised Roma and spurred them on to finish 3rd.
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.
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.
Radja Nainggolan has never been afraid to speak his mind. The Roma midfielder, talking to a group of fans, has said that he “hates Juventus” and has guaranteed that the Giallorossi will end their trophy drought this season. The midfielder’s quotes follow, watch the video (in Italian) below.
Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) There is belief, and there needs to be like never before. Roma are sat just 1 point behind Juventus, though this should be multiplied by 4 given that the Bianconeri should easily win their game in hand against Crotone on 8th February. Even so, that gap is hardly big enough for fans to stop dreaming. It has been a very open title race so far and will continue to be if Roma and Juventus continue to perform on the pitch, where they have been winning all their home games but dropping a few points on the road. The difference, leaving the match they played against each other to one side, is those wretched draws the Giallorossi got at Cagliari and Empoli – the 4 points they dropped in those games have given Allegri a sense of security. But Spalletti’s hopes remain intact: as well as the recent positive signs he can also look back at recent seasons with interest. If we limit ourselves to the last decade, Roma have never been so close to the top of the table after 21 games, from the 11 point gap in 2006/07 to Mancini’s Inter, when Spalletti himself was in charge and the league was getting used to the after-effects of Calciopoli, to the 12 point deficit to Napoli last season: the club’s lowest point came after their defeat in the Juventus Stadium on matchday 21 but was the prelude to the Giallorossi’s remarkable resurgence back up the Serie A table to make up 10 points on Sarri’s side, who in the meantime had been overtaken by Juventus.