Di Francesco speaks ahead of Chievo

John Solano

Eusebio Di Francesco spoke today ahead of his side’s match against Chievo. These are his words:

“Today, for me, it is a sad day from all points of view because a person dear to me has left, someone who was like a second mother, a person I was very close to, I join the Sensi family in their pain. I have a wonderful memory of been because we met recently for dinner. Today is a sad day for me and for all the Romans because she was really a huge Romanista.”

Last year after the break there was a draw with Atletico and 5 consecutive victories between Serie A and the Champions League. Is it a team that needs to be fueled?
Maybe it’s my way of working with time and the methodology that has led us to not always starting in a strong way and then gaining results over time. We would all have hoped to have a few more points, this is the most important thing because this determines certain judgments, but I am convinced that we are always on time because we have only played three matches. We have time to pick-up the points we’ve left on the street.

What kind of match do you expect?
Chievo is a team used to this league, and they’ve lost three points in the table. We have an important cycle coming up but this is the most delicate match.

De Rossi and Florenzi?
Both are recovered.

The words of Mancini?
We don’t often help young players develop – we don’t often give them time to make mistakes. Pellegrini, Cristante and Zaniolo are competing for the wide central midfield roles, so two youngsters will play.