Giallorossi coach spoke to reporters in Trigoria 24 hours before his
team’s visit to the Stadio Sant’Elia in Week 32 of Serie A.
“I always say that it’s hard to win away from home and that’s even
truer in this case, with Roma not having won at Cagliari for years.
However, the stats are there to be rewritten and that’s what we have to
do tomorrow. Daniele Conti? He’s a good midfielder, but Cagliari have
other good players too. We must try to make life difficult for them.
Harrying our opponents high up the field? We always do that at a certain
point of the game, it’s a strategy we use to be able to strike our
opponents more easily.”
“We’re eight points off top spot and we have to make sure that come
17:00 tomorrow it’s five. We’ll just concentrate on our own path. Conte
and I are similar? I can’t comment on people I don’t know very well. The
best people to ask about a coach is his players – they’re the ones who
know the man they work with every day.”
“Our target was to get back into Europe and I think we’ve managed that.
Now it’s natural that we should adjust our sights and aim a bit higher.
We want to qualify for the Champions League group stage without going
through the preliminaries, by finishing first or second. First place
doesn’t depend on us alone but second is in our own hands. When I first
came here I said I wanted to make our fans happy and when I saw Taddei
celebrating with the Curva I realized that we’ve managed to do just
that. We have to keep believing right up to the end, keep moving forward
and try to climb as high as possible because the season isn’t over yet.
At the end of the year we’ll talk about next season and see what we can
“Last summer I worked very closely with Sabatini and it will be the
same thing this summer. Nobody is perfect in the transfer market, you
can never get 100% of signings right. Lots of factors come into play,
including how adaptable the player is. Next season’s roster will be
different to this year’s. We want the best Roma team possible every year
and the one we have this year isn’t half bad.”
“Adem is a rough diamond just as Hazard was when he arrived at Lille.
Four years on he’s a totally different player. Adem is working hard and I
haven’t forgotten that he’s scored five goals and made several assists.
He’s a big talent.”
“I’ve spoken to him and this is understandably a special game for him
emotionally speaking. I know he’ll do his best to win with Roma while
showing total respect for his former team-mates.”
“Daniele is a magnificent player, one of the best midfielders I’ve ever
seen. He plays lots of balls in the system I use: he has the advantage
of sitting deep and having all the action in front of him. That’s where
he can give the best of himself. Pjanic, for example, plays in a
position where he has to take more risks.”