Palermo’s Curva Nord have published a message of support on their Facebook page congratulating Roma’s Curva Sud for their perseverence in protesting against the division of the curva. The Curva Nord, who have close ties with their Romanisti counterparts, praised the Giallorossi fans’ actions after the barriers inside the Stadio Olimpico were removed by the authorities, prompting them to return for Roma’s next game against Lazio in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday evening.
Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) No, Roma didn’t amaze anyone yesterday evening. They needed to beat Palermo to close in on Juventus and keep pace with Milan in second place, and they did. They needed to know how to maintain their concentration once they were in front, and they did – more or less, with the exception of a few minutes when they were 2-0 up and when they conceded a fortunate goal to the Sicilians 10 minutes from the end. This team, worn out by a busy fixture schedule and ravaged by injuries, needed to be managed carefully: Spalletti succeeded in this, resting Florenzi for 45 minutes and briefly evaluating Strootman’s progress. The real test of their scudetto ambitions will be on Wednesday at home to Sassuolo, but yesterday’s 90 minutes are enough to cancel out the pent-up anger caused by the farcical finish in the Europa League.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Francesco Oddi) 3 goals in his last 2 games, a brace against Austria Vienna and one slipped between the keeper’s legs in the 4-1 win over Palermo: El Shaarawy is the current poster boy of a Roma team who have got to within 2 points of Juventus. In a week like that, he can allow himself to borrow the dab dance, used by others including Paul Pogba, so that he could celebrate with Paredes, and at the same time preach humility and calm. He has also taken responsibility for things that weren’t his fault, like the lead that was lost in the Europa League which came after he had been substituted. “It was a great victory [against Palermo], because we didn’t make the same mistake we made against Austria Vienna, which was giving stupid balls away to the opposition – we kept the ball and managed the game. We’re happy and we just need to keep being as consistent as we are at the moment.”