Roma management and Luciano Spalletti hold summit meeting

Il Tempo (Erika Menghi) “The pizza was good” was the only ‘verdict’ given by Pallotta after trying to convince Spalletti to stay at Roma over dinner. But the focus of the meal at the pizzeria San Marco was the coach’s future, and now the key will be determining whether the meeting was a success. It wasn’t a decisive meeting, because despite the smiles and the relaxed faces of those who took part, there remained a deep silence that suggested no decision had been made. Essentially, it was more of an open discussion than a meeting that necessitated definitive answers. “It was a good evening,” the coach said as he left the restaurant, climbing into Massara’s car – not a word more.

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James Pallotta and Luciano Spalletti drifting apart over future plans for Roma

La Repubblica (Matteo Pinci) Pallotta and Spalletti are growing increasingly distant. Geographically, at least, given that the coach – shortly after 9.00 yesterday morning – left on a train bound for Tuscany, where he will stay until Thursday. Given that it is the international break, the coach has allowed his exhausted squad 3 days off, which will also allow the coach to calm his nerves. Whoever is expecting a big meeting between the 2 will be disappointed though. No meetings have been scheduled, and time is running short for them to sit down and talk. The president will leave again on Friday, so he and the coach should meet the day before: this is what is being suggested in the corridors of Trigoria.

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Lyon take control of Europa League tie as Roma slump continues

Corriere della Sera (Luca Valdisseri) Luciano Spalletti, when he’s talking about football and not being hounded by an unhappy press, is almost always right. And when you compare to what he was able to bring to the Roma side that dominated their Champions League tie against an infinitely stronger Lyon side than this one, he wasn’t wrong when – on the eve of the game – he said that he had “become worse at everything”. That Roma side, in 2007, was spectacular and won 2-0 with goals from Totti and Amantino Mancini. This current side were beaten 4-2 in their Europa League Round of 16 first leg, bursting like a balloon in the second half after having gone in 2-1 up at half time.

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Luciano Spalletti: Roma will never win if they continue like this

Il Tempo (Adriano Serafini) A nightmare week, which has reawoken all the demons of the past. Their third consecutive defeat now threatens their European adventure, which could have provided a tired and demoralised team with the energy needed to keep going. It’s a question of maturity, but Roma aren’t able to answer it. At the end of the game, Spalletti didn’t try to hide it either. “We need to put a few things right and talk to each other clearly and in detail. I’m sure we can turn this result around in the second leg, but if we want to do it then we have to change some things. We can’t do it like that.” Like an unsolved problem that rears its head again when you least expect it, the coach was forced to face the same frustrations as he has in the past as his players failed to keep their heads from dropping. “When things go well for us we come out of our shells and express ourselves, but when things go the other way we are players that are very clean in nature.”

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Roma fined €10,000 for anti-Naples chants as Lazio’s racism goes unpunished

Corriere della Sera (Gianluca Piacentini) Fans’ chants against Napoli’s supporters, sung by a section of the stadium during last Saturday’s match at the Olimpico, have cost Roma €10,000. “Territorial denigration” was the explanation given by the Giudice Sportivo: technically a correct punishment, by the letter of the law, but it is in stark contrast to the lack of punishment given to Lazio fans after their racist booing of Rudiger – which was noticed by the authorities – during the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final.

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Roma must bounce back immediately against Lyon to rescue their season

Il Corriere della Sera (Luca Valdiserri) One game can change an entire season and, perhaps, even the future. Saturday’s head to head for 2nd place sees Roma and Napoli go into their respective European ties with differing states of mind (and fitness). In 4 days, Roma have lost at the Olimpico against Lazio (1st leg of the Coppa Italia semi final) and the Partenopei. They hadn’t lost at home in the league since 29th November, 2015 (Roma 0-2 Atalanta), when Rudi Garcia – apparently the root cause of all the team’s problems – was still the coach. Thursday evening’s match in Lyon (1st leg of the Europa League Round of 16) is now their last hope. They need to keep their hopes alive of not having another season of good results but “zeru tituli“. Spalletti needs to find the real Roma again, particularly physically, and quickly.

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Roma paying the price for failure in the transfer market

La Gazzetta dello Sport (Chiara Zucchelli) Luciano Spalletti sounded the alarm just under 2 months ago. “We might have a few problems around February-March. We’ll have 11-12 games in 40 days and we won’t get out of it if we don’t have the right number of players.” The coach, speaking two weeks before the end of the transfer window, has been proved right. It was 15th January, there was time to add to the squad, but only one player arrived: Clement Grenier from Lyon. He can’t play in the Europa League because he has already played for the French side in the competition, and after a month and a half he has only played for a few minutes in the league in the 4-0 win against Fiorentina.

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