L’Ultimo Uomo (Dario Saltari) Monchi’s newest signing for Roma is Cengiz Ünder, a talented but little known player.
Roma are on the verge of completing a deal for Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons, which is widely reported to be worth around €5 million. The French international is out of contract next summer, and according to Gianluca Di Marzio he will sign a 4-year contract next week. Roma will pay €5 million in 2 instalments, €3 million this year and €2 million next year.
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.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Dario Saltari) When the game kicked off yesterday, there were a number of similarities between Genoa and Roma that would have been almost unthinkable at the start of the season. Both teams lined up with a 3-man defence: Genoa with Izzo, Burdisso and Muñoz; Roma with Juan Jesus, Fazio and Rudiger. Both teams lined up with a heavy emphasis on using their left wing: Genoa lined up with a 3-5-2 formation, although Ocampos was essentially operating as a wide forward; Roma were in a 3-4-2-1 that was weighted towards Perotti, shifting to a 4-2-3-1 when Bruno Peres ventured forward into the final third. Both teams aimed to make the most of their physicality and intensity.
At the end of August, not many people would have thought that there would be so many similarities between Genoa and Roma at the start of January. For many reasons.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Fabio Barcellona) Juventus physically overwhelmed a Roma side struggling with the same old problems.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Flavio Fusi) In a tense derby that was low on quality, the key to Roma’s victory was in the detail (and in a few tactical adjustments made by coach Luciano Spalletti).
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Chiara Zucchelli) Rehearsals before the African Cup of Nations? It may be too soon to tell, but even so, during yesterday’s friendly at Trigoria against the Primavera, Luciano Spalletti may have given the first indication of his plans when he used a 3-4-3 formation against Alberto De Rossi’s team. Perotti played more on the right hand side of the attack than El Shaarawy – il Faraone was therefore able to play on his preferred wing, and that is probably not just a coincidence. Just as it may not have been a coincidence that Spalletti continued to insist on playing a 3 (and a half) man defence, which could be entrenched as Roma’s Plan A now that Rudiger has returned to full fitness.