Sandro Tovalieri on coaching Matteo and Federico Ricci in Roma’s youth teams

GianlucaDiMarzio.com (Francesco Pietrella) It’s impossible to tell the difference between them. “I’ve always struggled with it!” It’s a real challenge. “Who are we talking about, Matteo or Federico?” On the pitch they’re both elegant players: the former is a midfielder, the latter is a fantasista. “Technically they were exceptional even when they were 12 years old.” In a word, “twins”. They were so similar that he needed to take remedial action to tell them apart. “I coached 2 teams at Roma, both with players born in ’94. You know how I told them apart? I coached 1 of them on a Saturday, the other played on a Sunday. Sometimes it was the other way round, but that was the only way.” Former Roma youth coach Tovalieri smiles, thinking back. Those Ricci brothers who he used to coach are now both playing professionally: Matteo at Perugia, Federico at Sassuolo

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Born In Rome, Made In Sassuolo: The 5 Young Talents Roma Have Let Go

La Gazzetta dello Sport (Davide Stoppini) Is tonight a game about who to buy back? Lorenzo Pellegrini, Luca Mazzitelli, Federico Ricci? Trigoria has made a second home at Sassuolo, and should any of them come back to Roma one day they’ll be worth their weight in gold. There will be mixed emotions – regrets, choices, necessities – at the Mapei Stadium tonight.

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