Former A.S Roma Assistant Sees A Tricky Match


Leonardo Menichini, former defender and assistant coach of Roma, spoke before tonight’s game vs. Cagliari at the Stadio Olimpico.

Garcia’s team must win after two consecutive draws, so this is a complicated game?
“I would say yes, a victory is a must after two draws in which Roma deserved something more. It’s going to be a tough encounter. Cagliari has the potential to embarass Roma with their technical players.”

As for Totti, Roma miss him?
“A lot. He’s got quality and class, it’s surely a blow. For him, positive adjectives do not really ever end.”

What are the other problems of Roma?
“Maybe what they have lost in Gervinho, a player of great speed and personality. After that, I do not see any particular problems in a team that has achieved so far ten wins and two draws.”

Will they need reinforcements in January to think about the Scudetto?
“Rome will fight for the Scudetto but as the market approaches and they see a bargain then managers certainly will strengthen the team.”

How Cagliari could embarrass Roma?
“With its starts and counter-attacks that could cause harm to Roma.”

Sau – Ibarbo is the best attacking pair for Cagliari?
“The Sardinians have many valid attackers, there is also Pinilla who is very good and knows López must juggle all players in the attack.”

How much will Nainggolan, who is disqualified, be missed?
“Greatly, he’s a complete player and very strong so that might be missing in this game.”

Your prediction?
“I see Roma as the favorite, but Cagliari is a tricky team that could give so much trouble to Roma and bring home a positive result.”

One more reason for Cagliari to do well: to dedicate the game to the victims of the tragedy of Sardinia … ”
I would say so. What happened is a tragedy due to negligence, in Italy they often neglect prevention, and therefore Sardinia the subject of much drama. Cagliari, I think, will play with a particular spirit for the people of their land, they really love their team from the top to the bottom of the region. They’ll want to make a small gift to their proud nation and alleviate the pain.”