Corriere dello Sport (Fabio Massimo Splendore) Roma have an embarrassment of riches. A pitch like the Breda at Sesto San Giovanni can only create problems for a highly technically skilled team like Alberto De Rossi’s Roma Primavera side. But … not this time. It really does look like this team is the best around. Maybe they are. Only Entella, the other Coppa Italia finalist, will be able to prove whether there is currently a better side than the Giallorossi. Winners of the league last season, topped off with victory in the Supercoppa – also against Inter – now they have another trophy in their sights.
Corriere dello Sport (Andrea Ramazzotti) Roma have beaten Inter once again (it’s 4 out of 4 now in 2016/17) and have reached the final of the Coppa Italia, where they will face surprise finalists Virtus Entella. After winning the first leg 1-0 at home, the Giallorossi knew that a draw would be enough to take them through, and it seemed like that’s how it would end until stoppage time in the 2nd half when Tumminello scored to make it 2-1, sparking off the celebrations of De Santis and co.
GianlucaDiMarzio.com (Francesco Pietrella) WANTED: A STRIKER. “Everyone was injured, I was playing in midfield and they tried playing me up front”. The rest is history. “They haven’t moved me back yet…” Here’s to chance, to destiny, to good fortune. “I have to thank Roberto Muzzi, it was an excellent idea of his”. Earlier today, he showed it to be that and more.
It isn’t the new stadium that Roma fans were hoping the club would be opening, but while the interminable wait for the Tor di Valle project to be approved continues, Roma’s Primavera today celebrated the reopening of the historic Stadio Tre Fontane by qualifying for the next round of the UEFA Youth League.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) One somersault, then another. As they were realising who it was that had scored, Roma supporters were seeing how acrobatic and agile he is. It happened on 3rd September, when Roma were playing in a friendly in honour of Pope Francis against San Lorenzo. But Keba Sidy Coly had already won over Luciano Spalletti. The goal he scored at the Olimpico for the first team was the result, rather than the cause, of the coach having belief in him.
Gianlucadimarzio.com (Francesco Pietrella) Right footed, left footed, passing it quickly. Luca and Bruno Conti are out on the pitch, playing the ball between them. The former is a fine talent from Tor Tre Teste. He can play as trequartista or on the wing. He’s scored 30 goals and is yet to undergo his trial with Roma. “You’re good,” Bruno compliments him. Luca is on cloud nine. Then he goes out onto the pitch, and he only needs to take on a couple of players with his dribbling to convince everyone of his talent. Luca grew up in the Roma youth system and has now reached Serie A for the first time, selected by Spalletti for Roma-Bologna. He was only born in 1999!
There’s almost an entire team that can be chosen. Except for a goalkeeper and a left back, every position is covered. It’s a team of young Romans (or, at least, who have been brought through the system at Trigoria) who have left their home during the first six years of the American administration. The latest is Federico Ricci, who has gone to Sassuolo on loan with an option to buy and a counter-option for Roma. Will he ever return to Trigoria, having made his debut for his hometown club? It’s unlikely, for now.