Di Francesco speaks ahead of Benevento clash

John Solano

Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco spoke today ahead of his side’s clash against Benevento. These are his words:

Updates on the injured?
Today will be decisive for De Rossi and Schick, there’s a good chance they’ll be called. I hope, in particular, that De Rossi will be there as we have few solutions in midfield. He could help us a lot.

Is it time for Gerson to make the leap in quality?
In Florence, he scored two goals, I do not think that it was a flash in the pan. He must improve his ability to read the play first and fall less in love with the ball. He is working hard, he has grown physically and enters the match with a good mentality. I am very happy with his growth, but he must not stop.

Roma creates a lot of chances but scores little. Why is that?
I’m glad you said that, I am always talking about our statistics. This team creates play, it knows what to do, every single player shows grit and determination. I only know of one way to fix things: talk to these guys and try to free them psychologically. Look at Cengiz Ünder, after the goal against Verona, he even scored several goals in training, it’s fundamental. The guys, in particular Edin, need to free themselves. Even a lucky goal would help.

We decided to fine him and exclude him from Sunday, as we did with Nainggolan. You need time to develop a certain mentality, but I hope this is the last time.