Corriere dello Sport (Alberto Polverosi) The bottom 4 teams in Serie A are in a league of their own. If Empoli, who have picked up 1 point in the least 8 games, still have a 7 point lead over Palermo and 8 over Crotone, 18th and 19th in the table respectively, it means that there is very little quality below them. But, if we continue to look at Empoli, there’s still something (someone) that can be rescued from this tense and laboured season. That is Lukasz Skorupski, who turns 26 in May, the Polish goalkeeper currently in his 2nd season with the Tuscan club, his 1st with Martusciello after the one under Giampaolo. If they avoid relegation, he will celebrate setting a historic record with Empoli: the Azzurri have never before remained in Serie A for 4 seasons in a row. And if they achieve it, a large part of the achievement is down to him. For the penalties, but also for his performances in an excellent season.
In an interview with Sportowefakty, Lukasz Skorupski – who is currently on loan at Empoli from Roma – has stated that he will not return to the Giallorossi to be second choice to Wojciech Szczesny, should the Polish number 1 be signed permanently from Arsenal in the summer.
Il Tempo (Adriano Serafini) The pair of them tried to carry Roma on their own, spurring on their team-mates and stopping the team from collapsing during the most delicate points of the game. They raised the overall standard of the team, but it wasn’t enough to help them get anything from the match. Of Nainggolan and Szczesny, it was the Polish goalkeeper who was clearly the more bitter of the two during the post-match interviews.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) Looking calm and relaxed, Alisson Becker enjoyed a famous night in Brazil where some people are asking if Roma have quite understood what they have. He played as captain against Argentina and kept out such strikers as Messi and Higuain, but most of all he sent a clear message to Spalletti ahead of the derby when he made a fine save from Lazio’s Biglia to stop him scoring a goal from long range.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) At the end of the season Roma will exchange their Polish goalkeepers. Szczesny will go back to Arsenal and after proving his worth in his second season with the Giallorossi will take Cech’s place, who will no longer be first choice despite being under contract with the Gunners until June 2019. In August, Arsenal set Roma’s option to buy Szczesny at €16 million, as well as making them pay nearly all his salary. The Giallorossi will never pay that amount to buy him permanently, and the keeper himself has always considered Rome to be a temporary home and is convinced he can one day go back to London to be first choice. A discussion with Wenger before he left for Italy gave him added hope.
Officially a decision hasn’t yet been taken, but the busy fixture schedule that Roma are about to embark on suggests the need for a more precise choice to be made. Luciano Spalletti has consequently started studying Roma’s fixture programme from the point of view of his goalkeepers, as he is still undecided in the choice between Alisson and Szczesny.
Up until the 50th minute, everything was going smoothly. Roma were in control of the game, and should already have been more than a goal to the good by the time that Diego Perotti expertly lashed past Emiliano Viviano five minutes into the second half. There were periods before half time (mostly in the first 20 or so minutes) that had seen Roma play some really good football, knocking it around quickly trying to stretch Sampdoria’s deep defence out of position.