Di Francesco: 'We Can Win the Title'
In a recent pre-season interview session, new A.S. Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco told multiple media outlets that he believed his squad was 'strong enough' to be able to win the Serie A next season and that they would be doing everything in their power to ensure that their work produces that exact result.
This statement comes with surprise, as many people would have thought that Di Francesco would be doing serious work to enhance his squad in the break between seasons. Under management by Rudi Garcia last season, Roma found themselves in a mid-table spot before Garcia and his coaching team were sacked by the chairman, James Pallotta. Despite this, new manager Luciano Spalletti was able to lead Roma from a mid-table spot to a third-place finish in Serie A, clinching the UEFA Champions League play-off spot for the season coming. However, it was announced that Spalletti would be joining Inter Milan for the next season, leaving Roma to appoint Di Francesco to his current role at the club.
Di Francesco, 47, however trusts the squad that he has at his disposal and is ready to take on the Serie A next season, saying that all the players will have to be at the top of their games every single match to ensure that they can get the results the fans want. He also informed reporters that he was completely and utterly committed to A.S. Roma and wanted to ensure that the Giallorossi had the success that they deserved to have.
But who is Eusebio Di Francesco, exactly? A versatile, forward-running midfielder who helped Roma win their last Scudetto in 2000/01 under Fabio Capello, Di Francesco won 12 caps for Italy. He soon began a promising coaching career: he was appointed by Virtus Lanciano in 2008, then Pescara and Lecce. He made a name for himself at Sassuolo, guiding the club to promotion from Serie B in 2013 before steering the Neroverdi to an unlikely UEFA Europa League group stage appearance last season.
A.S. Roma President James Pallotta said: "With Eusebio's style of play, we believe he's the right fit for Roma and can lead the club to success in the imminent future. He also will help bring through some of the great young talent coming out of our academy."
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