Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) Everyone’s mad about Dzeko. Including those who called him a flop last season, fogetting that his career spoke – and continues to speak – for itself. He has 28 goals in 34 appearances, a crazy record after his hat-trick against Villarreal, particularly given that there are still 3 and a half months to go this season. Roma are hoping to go all the way on 3 fronts and will be squeezing everything they can out of the Bosnian until the very last moment. The forward has become undroppable for Spalletti, and it will be the same story at the Olimpico tomorrow for the visit of Torino, who not only have many former Roma players in their ranks but also a striker – Belotti – who is chasing down Higuain and Dzeko at the top of the Serie A goalscoring charts.
Tuttosport (Stefano Carina) There’s a saying in Brazil, which goes: “Os paulistas sabem viver, o resto do mundo vive sem samber“, which roughly translates as “Paulistas [people from Sao Paulo] know how to live, the rest of the world live without knowing it.” You just have to look at Bruno Peres, a Paulista himself, when he has a ball at his feet to realise how important this saying is to him. The Giallorossi #13 plays in the same way as he lives: with a smile on his face, and – even off the pitch – he’s rarely seen without that smile.
Radja Nainggolan has never been afraid to speak his mind. The Roma midfielder, talking to a group of fans, has said that he “hates Juventus” and has guaranteed that the Giallorossi will end their trophy drought this season. The midfielder’s quotes follow, watch the video (in Italian) below.
Il Tempo (Erika Menghi) From the scrapheap to the king of goals. Dzeko has claimed top spot in the Serie A scoring charts, overtaking Mertens, but – not content with that – he has also gone level on 34 points with Aubameyang in the race for the Golden Shoe. The current holder is a certain Luis Suarez who, like Messi, has 2 points less than Edin.
Corriere dello Sport (Alberto Polverosi) They came onto the pitch in purple, they left it beaten black and blue. Roma played some excellent football for an hour against a shell of an opponent. Fiorentina completely fell to pieces and only escaped a defeat of the same magnitude as Bologna’s against Napoli because of some poor finishing (and a few good saves from Tatarusanu). To take just 1 statistic to give a clear indication of just how dominant this 4-0 win was: Spalletti’s team took 16 shots from inside the Viola penalty area. Not even Juventus managed that many against Pescara. By humiliating Fiorentina, Roma once again overtook Napoli to edge closer to Juve, while Dzeko took his place at the top of the Serie A scoring charts in the process. While the Giallorossi celebrated, it was misery for the Viola.
AS Roma Match Program (Tiziano Riccardi) Any time of the week, in any season, this is always a good game. Roma-Fiorentina has become a classic match, almost always full of goals and stylish football, whether it has been in the league, Coppa Italia or the Europa League. In fact, along with Inter, the Viola are the only team who the Giallorossi have faced both domestically and on the European stage. What’s more, at some point Roma have faced Fiorentina on every day of the week, from Monday to Sunday. Whether it was for safety reasons, the vagaries of modern football, or cup schedules, the fact remains that this game has always had a unique place in the football calendar. It’s impossible to mention all the best games in such a small space, but we can revisit some of the biggest here.
AS Roma Match Program (F. Viola) He ended his career at Roma, but he also spent part of his career in Florence. It may have only been for 6 months, but his time there left its mark. “I had a long career, and they were the only team I ever left in January,” says Federico Balzaretti, who is now part of Roma’s backroom staff.