Stephan El Shaarawy Revitalised As Roma Find Their Consistency

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.”

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Roma Back On Track After Taking Apart Crotone?

On the face of it, Roma’s 4-0 victory against Crotone appears to be the perfect antidote to last weekend’s late defeat against Fiorentina. Edin Dzeko scored twice, Stephan El Shaarawy notched his first of the season, Wojciech Szczesny saved a penalty, Francesco Totti played 90 minutes for the first time in 479 days and marked it with another sublime assist – all that was missing was for il Capitano to score his 250th league goal for the club.

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Roma’s Investment In Youth Not Paying Off: A Who’s Who Of Walter Sabatini’s Signings

Back in January 2014, Rome’s radio stations were full of journalists commenting on Walter Sabatini’s transfer policy as he signed youngster after youngster. Some said ironically that he was “playing Football Manager” and praising him for his foresight in planning for Roma’s future, others were more cautionary as they warned the sporting director was forgetting the present as he invested in the future. Continue reading