Di Francesco speaks ahead of Bologna

John Solano

Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco spoke today ahead of tomorrow’s match against Bologna. These are his words:

How are the players after the break?
Almost all of them are in excellent condition, except for two. Pellegrini will be there in the match against Bologna, we are optimistic for his recovery against Barça. We will evaluate him on Easter, I think he can be recovered. Ünder had a muscular problem, we are considering whether or not to call him for this match. I do not know if he will be used in any case, we hope it is minor.

Tomorrow who plays between Dzeko and Schick?
Right now I’m at 50/50. I’ll watch and consider things tonight and make my assessment.

Can El Shaarawy or Perotti play on the right?
Yes, they can and so can Gerson. El Shaarawy is likely to start so there are two candidates for one spot. Defrel is back, but he has fewer training sessions in his legs and will unlikely play from the start.

How did the team react to the draw with Barcelona? Do you feel the pressure?
We have to face Bologna. I do not say that because I’m the manager but because it’s very important to keep our position in the table. Our minds must stay on Bologna.

Schick is back and motivated.
I wanted to have it here, but often the mental aspect makes the difference. Sometimes the energy you need comes from scoring. If he’s on the pitch tomorrow I hope he has this level of motivation.

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