Paredes reflects on his time in Serie A

This afternoon, Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes spoke to the website about his time thus far in the Italian capital:

Now that you’ve gotten games in Italy, can you tell the differences with the Argentine league?
In Serie A, the football is more direct. The opponents press you all the time, also, it’s much more physical. In Argentina it’s different. They are two very different styles between them, but the game of football is one. And I enjoy it.

Is there music playing loudly in the dressing room?
No, we don’t listen to anything as a group. Everyone has their own headphones and you can listen to whatever you want.

Do you still watch Boca Juniors on TV?
I have everything installed at home to see the Argentine football on TV. I’ll be sitting in front of the screen with my family waiting to shout about Boca’s goals.

The derby against River Plate?
I hope Boca wins. I don’t know by how many, but they’ll win for sure.

Did you leave Boca with a grudge? 
No. Not at all. Things happen for a reason. Now I’m at Roma, and I am here on loan. I’m enjoying the present and I have the desire to remain in Europe for several years. Thenone day, I’ll return to Boca to do my best and I’ll again enjoy playing for the best team in the world.

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.