Records and regrets: Roma need a team that can last an entire season

Corriere dello Sport (Alberto Polverosi) It was a day for Egyptians, for Verona’s applause for Francesco Totti, for 5 goals for Roma, for closing in on 2nd place, but it was also the day that the Giallorossi set a number of new records as they closed in on the Champions League. The records Roma set yesterday were extraordinary. A record number of league victories: previously 26 in 2013/14, they now have 27 this year and have the chance to increase it further on Sunday against Genoa. A record number of away victories: previously 11, again in 2013/14, now 12 this season (obviously without the chance to extend this further). A record number of consecutive away wins: with the victory in Verona, they extended this to 7.

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Roma within touching distance of automatic Champions League qualification after beating Chievo

Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) While it wasn’t a convincing performance, Roma returned from Verona with a smile on their faces and with second place still in their grasp after securing a victory that could be worth millions of Euros to them. Napoli’s win against Fiorentina later that evening ensured that the Giallorossi’s fight for automatic qualification to the Champions League would go down to the final day against Genoa, 28th May, which will mark the end of Totti’s playing career.

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Alessandro Del Piero: Francesco Totti has to play for Roma against Genoa

Speaking to Radio Uno, Alessandro Del Piero has urged Luciano Spalletti to play Francesco Totti in what is likely to be his final game for Roma against Genoa. There are just two games left this season, and the Juventus legend has called on the Roma coach to play Totti in next week’s clash at the Olimpico – even if the Giallorossi are still fighting to hold onto 2nd place.

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Roman pride: Tactical analysis of Roma 3-1 Juventus

L’Ultimo Uomo (Flavio Fusi) Roma-Juventus could have marked the finishing line in the race for the scudetto: 7 points ahead at kick-off, the Bianconeri only needed 1 point to shake off the Giallorossi for good and seal their 6th consecutive title, a Serie A record. For Spalletti’s team, on the other hand, the threat of watching the Bianconeri celebrate the title in their own stadium loomed over them, a worse prospect than 2014 when Osvaldo’s goal gave Juventus – who were already champions by that point – a record-breaking number of points, ruining the celebrations of the final home game of Rudi Garcia’s first season.

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Stephan El Shaarawy to fill void left by Edin Dzeko for Roma against Juventus

La Gazzetta dello Sport (Chiara Zucchelli) Last year, with 8 goals in 18 games, he was the unexpected surprise of Roma’s second half of the season, who then paid €13 million to sign him permanently from Milan. This year Stephan El Shaarawy hasn’t lived up to the promise and the expectation of 12 months ago, but the numbers are at least on his side. He is in fact the team’s 4th highest scorer after Dzeko (37 goals), Salah (17) and Nainggolan (13), but he has played a lot less than any of them. He has only just hit the 2000 minutes mark, while the Belgian has played twice that, Dzeko almost twice and Salah 1000 minutes more.

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Roma to face Juventus without Edin Dzeko and possibly Radja Nainggolan

Leggo (Francesco Balzani) Nainggolan and Dzeko have fallen at the final hurdle. Spalletti received the worst news possible from the two fitness tests yesterday ahead of a crucial match against Juventus – as well as the suspended Strootman, he will have to do without the Bosnian and is at risk of not having the Belgian available either. The two most frequently used players in the squad: Radja has played 4042 minutes, Edin 3862. The latter is certain to miss out on his duel with Higuain given that the tests showed “a 1st degree calf strain in his left leg”. He is expected to be out for 10 days, and may be back in time for the penultimate game against Chievo. There’s a ray of hope for Nainggolaan who reported a “swelling in his left calf” in San Siro. His conditions will be evaluated on a day by day basis, although a recovery in time for Juve seems unlikely. Two muscular injuries that are the result of Spalletti’s lack of squad rotation in the past weeks and which have now forced the coach to change his lineup for a game against one of the best teams in Europe.

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Spark returns to Roma’s attack after routing Milan

Corriere dello Sport (Furio Fedele, Alberto Polverosi) Yesterday Spalletti played 4 forwards as well as Nainggolan, who can be considered a trequartista – or at least an attacking midfielder – by now. The 5 Giallorossi players contributed as follows. Edin Dzeko: a double and an assist for El Shaarawy, 5 shots of which 2 were on target (the goals). Mohamed Salah: an assist for Dzeko, winning a penalty and forcing a red card (for Paletta). Diego Perotti: a shot off the post and 4 shots. Stephan El Shaarawy: a goal and 3 shots in half an hour. Radja Nainggolan: a shot off the post and 5 shots. The Belgian was eventually substituted after sustaining muscle fatigue.

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