Di Francesco ahead of Bologna: “El Shaarawy is a doubt. Zaniolo? Let’s stay calm and let him grow”.


Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco spoke today ahead of the Giallorossi’s clash in Rome tomorrow against Bologna. These are his words:

Now there’s Bologna after a taxing match against Porto.
Against Porto the team worked very hard. The team showed a bit more balance, which is something we need to build on going forward.

The first match against Bologna was one of the worst performances of the season. How has Roma changed?
We’ve been up and down this season. Now we have to make as few mistakes as possible. It is not a nice memory, but it must be a warning, but it will be a different game, it is a different Bologna with a new manager and many new players. It’s a team that works differently than before.

Will Zaniolo play on the right? How is this moment going for him?
He’s in consideration for the role and I must also consider that we’ll be missing El Shaarawy. He took a blow to the hip, I do not know if he will participate with the group, but he will have to be evaluated and is a doubt. With Schick and Ünder not available, we only have 3-4 forwards so he could play there again. I make a general appeal: let’s stay calm. He is a 19-year-old lad and must not be given too much responsibility. There was even talk of the number 10 shirt —- let’s just discuss his growth, he’s doing fine with the 22 shirt. We have to allow him to continue growing. He is a great player who has yet to fully mature.

De Rossi?
He’s available and could play alongside Nzonzi. I’m making evaluations.

Can Juan Jesus play tomorrow?
As a left-back, Marcano is more adaptable than Jesus for general characteristics, he is more dynamic and more accustomed to playing in open space. I see Juan as more of a central defender due to the way I envision my football. I still have not decided anything at the back, Ivan is possible, he did very well against Chievo and he’s growing from a training point of view. Juan is a player of great reliability.

Could we suggest moving Florenzi forward with Santon as fullback?
Right now I’m not thinking about this, in the future it’s possible. For what I want in a 4-3-3, I prefer different characteristics in certain roles. But maybe in the future I will change my mind. One of them will be a fullback tomorrow.

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