Yesterday Francesco Totti spent his first day as Roma Football Director at UEFA Champions League draw and received the UEFA President’s Award winner 2017🏅 🇮🇹 🏅Tomorrow he will be back to the Stadio Olimpico, sitting in the stands for Roma-Inter in his first game in charge as Roma Director. It will be another emotional day since his farewell last 28th May in Roma-Genoa. A revisit of that incredible day full of tears, Totti-Day willl never be forgotten because Totti is Roma! Meanwhile, Francesco was not so lucky with the Champions League draw when he picked AS Roma from the pot pairing them with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. A tough draw for the Giallorossi. But, tough for the other two teams, too. The team will need to show character and determination if they want to progress.
Tomorrow, Inter Milan. An early showdown for the top of the table. Luciano Spalletti who now leads the Nerazzurri will face an hostile environment back at the Stadio Olimpico. The way he handled Totti the player last season did not go too well with the fans. The pair probably respect each other but don’t get on really. They will probbaly shake hands but that’s all. There are no signs of a patch up. In the field, Roma have a gap on the right back with Karsdorop and Peres out. Florenzi was called up for the mergency but he has not seen the football field for months. The most probable alternative will be Manolas to play on the right, and if things do not work out, then Florenzi might step in at the last resort.
Off the pitch: Patrick Schick is becoming another Mahrez saga, Roma wants him but he’s lured by Inter. Roma needs badly a player there, tonight or tomorrow we will know the outcome, deal or not. But most importantly, Roma must improve on the pitch, the game with Atalanta has only highlighted some of the existing problems for EDF 4-3-3 formation, especially with Nainggolan new position in the middle of the park. The Belgian has not been called for international duties and his morale is not at best. Roma will need him at the top if he’s to replace the heart and soul of Francesco Totti. Forza Roma! Stefano @ASROMA.IE