La Repubblica (Francesca Ferrazza) If, as Alisson said before kick off, “this is the most important game of my life”, then the failure against Lazio risks weighing even more heavily on the shoulders of an already injured Roma, who are now forced to lick their wounds after a dark night. The Giallorossi weren’t able to turn the tie around, left crushed by defeat in the first leg (0-2) and were unable to give their fans a night to remember after one of the most highly anticipated derbies of recent times. The 3-2 win – with goals from El Shaarawy and Salah (who scored 2) – wasn’t enough to change the course of the tie and prevent them from failing to reach the final of the Coppa Italia. The fans tried to help their players, refilling the Curva Sud once more thanks to the removal of the barriers which, up until yesterday night, had emptied and silenced the curva. But the festival of colour and sound was confined to the stands, on the pitch the team were marooned, drifting a long way from safety, and they now face an uncertain future. Eventually the fans started to call for the introduction of Totti, the prayer card they were clinging to in hope of a miracle. The number 10 came onto the pitch 10 minutes before the final whistle. The curva gave the Giallorossi captain energy, but he wasn’t able to make his presence count.
AS Roma Match Program (F. Viola) We spoke to Mario Rui ahead of the league derby to mark his return to the first team after his long injury. It boded well, the Portuguese defender was selected in the squad and the game finished 2-0 to us. A good reason to interview Mario Rui again on the eve of the Coppa Italia match, after 6 appearances in all competitions and with his performances continually improving.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) Roma left it until the last possible moment to reach the Coppa Italia semi-final. It needed a penalty from Totti, scored in the 7th minute of injury time, to seal the Giallorossi’s qualification to a two-legged tie against Lazio. Roma made life difficult for themselves against Cesena, who are currently in the relegation zone in Serie B, and were on the verge of going to extra time. Camplone’s team troubled the Giallorossi even in the first half, when they hit the post and created more opportunities than Roma. In the second half, after Dzeko had scored the opener, Garritano scored an equaliser and it took a last minute penalty for Roma to win a game that should have been a gimme. Roma looked distracted, particularly in defence where Manolas was a shadow of the player that has previously played so well this season.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) After nearly 2 years of debates, appeals and political wrangling, a solution finally seems to have presented itself. Roma and Lazio’s senior management have been invited to go to the Viminale next Tuesday to resolve the issue of the barriers in the curve, which were imposed by the then Prefect Gabrielli and which have remained in the most popular areas of the stadium ever since. The Roman clubs’ representatives (Baldissoni for Roma, Lotito for Lazio) will be received by Minister of the Interior Marco Minniti and the Minister for Sport Luca Lotti, the person really behind the invitation, to find a solution that would come into effect before the end of the season.
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.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Flavio Fusi) In a tense derby that was low on quality, the key to Roma’s victory was in the detail (and in a few tactical adjustments made by coach Luciano Spalletti).
Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) If Rudiger’s interview with Il Tempo was supposed to be a provocation, then first Cataldi and then Lulic went straight for the bait. Last Thursday, the German said – apparently without malice – that “I don’t know Lazio very well, and I know even less about their coach. They’ll definitely be fired up, it’s an important game for both teams. It’s a derby with a lot of history, but I’m not worried and I’m not watching to see what Lazio are doing – I’d prefer to focus on our aim, which is to win. That’s all.” On Saturday, Cataldi replied with a tweet (“Who spoke? We don’t know who you are”) and while yesterday should have been the time to replace words with actions, things got worse afterwards when the players were interviewed on television.