Bruno Conti: “Iturbe and Gervinho? The strongest pair of wingers”

Former Roma player and current youth coordinator Bruno Conti spoke today to La Gazzetta dello Sport about Roma and the evolution of Italian calcio.

After years of dormancy, the Italian game has rediscovered the importance of the wings. Are you surprised?
“No, because this role has always been essential, even when the 4-4-2 seemed to dominate football. Now you see a lot of players doing what I, Sala, Causio, or Donadoni used to do.”

Among these there two that you’ve seen closely: Gervinho and Iturbe.
“Gervinho is like Cuadrado, the two know how to do well on a dime: you see them attack, but they also sacrifice themselves and do well in defense. Often they’ll tackle and help the team and maybe even steal the ball and start over again.”

And up there with Iturbe, are they the strongest pair of wingers in Italy?
“I think so, especially if the Argentine can establish himself like he did at Verona. I like Manuel, he’s a great player, him and Gervinho in the open field can be two points. And then with someone like Totti, who can hit you on target from the very back, it makes everything easier.”

To close, who can be the new Bruno Conti?
“I hope Iturbe, with him, Sabatini has made a great purchase. And then he took the number 7 shirt, I’m glad.”

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.