Corriere Dello Sport (Alberto Polverosi) It’s an attacking style, football played on the wings, with overlapping full backs and forward runs from the midfielders. It’s pleasing on the eye, but it never loses its sense of balance. So there is always a bit of confusion when comparing Di Francesco’s 4-3-3 with Zeman’s 4-3-3, which is only ever done in order to talk about the master and the apprentice. It’s difficult to find a Di Francesco side that leaves itself completely open; they are well-organised in defence and like to hit teams on the counter, but also never forget that they can be hit on the break themselves in the blink of an eye. Zeman, on the other hand, plays much more aggressively and much higher up the pitch.
Sassuolo’s managing director, Giovanni Carnevali, has confirmed that the club turned down approaches from Roma for both Gregoire Defrel and Lorenzo Pellegrini in January. Speaking to La Clessidra di Sansepolcro, the director admitted though that Pellegrini’s future with the Neroverdi is uncertain as Roma may take up their buy-back option on the highly-rated midfielder.
Sassuolo’s director Giovanni Carnevali has told Sky Sport Italia that they are expecting to receive an offer from Roma for Gregoire Defrel, who the Giallorossi have been targeting for some weeks. The Neroverdi director suggested that a transfer is possible, and that it may include one or more of Roma’s youth players moving in the opposite direction.
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.
The 2-0 victory that Roma emerged with from the Stadio Mapei hardly tells the story of the game Sassuolo on Tuesday night. A brilliant first half, arguably the best Roma have played all season, was followed by a tense second 45 minutes that even saw Sassuolo miss a penalty before the Giallorossi eventually wrapped up a vital three points. Continue reading