Daniele De Rossi: “It’s possible for Roma to play without Dybala and Lukaku.”

Andy Mattioli

Roma boss Daniele De Rossi addressed the need for the team to be able to remain competitive with Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku out of the starting line-up.

Given Dybala’s uncertain condition and Lukaku’s injury absence, De Rossi spoke to the media about how Roma will have to put in a good performance without their key players in a match like tonight’s against Brighton.

Paulo is fine. He’s training with the other players. Lukaku has a hip problem that’s been bothering him for a while, maybe even months or years. Every now and then, it flares up again and when it does, the way to manage it is through rest,” De Rossi said in his pre-match press conference.

“Don’t ask me how much rest. I don’t know, but enough that he couldn’t be here. Over the past few days, he’s been telling me he wouldn’t make it.”

“Whichever line-up we choose, our job and the love and pride we have for this profession force us to go and play a good match, more so when we’re missing two of our most-used players.”

“I want to show that whether they’re there or not, it doesn’t make a difference for us. I’d love to start to change this idea that we can’t play football without Dybala and Lukaku.”

“I think we’ve got some great players in this team, and we can play without them too. I’m still to decide whether Paulo will play tomorrow or not. I’m happy with the players I’ve got available today.”

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MatchDay 36
12 May 20:45