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.
La Repubblica (Matteo Pinci) If you had given him a pen and paper before the game, he might not have been able to write a better story: running towards the Roma supporters, having scored the decisive goal in his first derby since his comeback. And what better occasion than a derby, with a place in the Champions League up for grabs, to go back to being the real Kevin Strootman.
Il Tempo (Tiziano Carmellini) Roma’s win sent out a message to Juventus and Milan: they kept hold of 2nd place (which they share with the Rossoneri), they remain 4 points behind the leaders, and they won their 4th consecutive derby, Spalletti’s 5th overall. There are always 2 sides to the story in the derby: while the Giallorossi fans were delirious, their opponents are left to deal with the controversy and regrets of losing yet another derby (Lazio haven’t won this game since 2013).