Di Francesco ahead of Coppa Italia clash with Fiorentina: “We need to be more attentive”.

John Solano

Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco spoke to Roma TV today ahead of tomorrow’s Coppa Italia clash in Firenze against Fiorentina. These are his words:

Will the disqualifications of Cristante and Nzonzi (for Milan) influence your choices against Fiorentina?
Cristante and Nzonzi have played with greater continuity and therefore have a better condition, so I will try to exploit them as much as I can for this match, especially knowing Pellegrini has had some issues. We have to evaluate these things too, but Fiorentina is on my mind right now — not Milan.

Do you expect a match with many goals?
We thought we finally found balance in defence but these past two matches made us realise we have a lot more work to do — even from a mental point of view in terms of our attentiveness. Defenders must always have a bit of a negative mindset in the sense that something can happen at any given moment. Sometimes we’re a bit too distracted for a team that aspires to finish in a Champions League place.

Fiorentina has found enthusiasm with Muriel: is it simply because of the introduction of the player or has something changed tactically?
At a tactical level, they have changed very little because they play the same way but Muriel is a player who ignites the enthusiasm with his play, I had him at the start of his career at Lecce and he has great potential. He’s extraordinary, but I hope he is not tomorrow.

Roma have to try and grab hold of the Coppa Italia?
All competitions are important and we care a lot about this one especially because it’s become a fierce tournament where each club wants to try and progress, we’ll try to go to the semi-finals knowing we’re going to play away from home in front of the Viola supporters.

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