De Rossi outlines Roma’s tactical set-up

Andy Mattioli

Newly appointed Roma interim manager, Daniele De Rossi, spoke about the possibility of changing the team’s tactical set-up and formation.

When asked – during yesterday’s presser on the eve of the match with Hellas Verona – whether he will switch to a four-man defense, De Rossi responded:

“I fell in love with this job with [Luciano] Spalletti and then Luis Enrique. These types of coaches, who put lots of men up front and automatically play a four-man defence, made me fall in love, gave me inspiration and my best seasons.”

“However, this team has been playing a three-man defence for years. They were built to play three at the back. We’ll wait until the last minute to decide. We’ve tried both ways.”

“I think you can defend with one set-up and build play with another. Those changes might be a bit clunky at the start because they don’t come naturally, but it wouldn’t take long to sink into the minds of such experienced players. We’ll see.”

“I might also switch it up during a match or throughout the season. Some matches we might play with three at the back, and others with four. It’s also down to our game plan and who our opponent is.”

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