Ranieri speaks ahead of Udinese


Roma manager Claudio Ranieri spoke today ahead of the Giallorossi’s clash against Udinese in Rome. These are his words:

Did something change in the team’s mind?
It’s still too early, we need more evidence. But the win over Samp gave everyone more confidence, but we must continue on this path.

What sort of opponent is Udinese?
It is a tough opponent right now, they’re stubborn. I am worried, we must be coherent and patient and not get caught off guard. It’s what they want and we need to be careful. I ask the fans for help, they will be essential for us. We are fighting, the Champions League is right there. We must be patient, without getting caught up in the madness.

Can Schick and Dzeko play together again?
I like to play with two strikers, but I think Udinese wants us to play with two strikers. I still have to decide, but I think I will choose one of the two.
After the great second half in Genoa, can

How is Florenzi?
He will train with us today. I will decide later but three at the back is an option.

How much do Roma miss Dzeko’s goals?
A team always misses goals from their goal scorers. When a coach builds a team, he sees the amount of goals made in certain roles. When you have a goal scorer that usually gets you 18, 20, 25 goals —- you always expect the same amount. When they’re not there, they weigh on you. But he always plays hard and this is crucial.

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