Di Francesco speaks ahead of Udinese clash

John Solano

Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco held a press conference today at Trigoria before his team hosts Udinese tomorrow. Here are his words:

Udinese struggling, is this match a trap?
All matches have hidden traps, even those where you play and finish well. We must have the same attitude we had with Verona and Benevento, as a team wanting to play together. Before us we have a team with important values, with a managers who prepares well for matches, Udinese have harvested less than they sowed.

Keeping turnover helps everyone feel important to the team.
It also helps when the results arrive. Turnover is valid when certain goals are achieved, I have always talked about the collective, never individuals, I have always talked about two players per role, not starters and reserves. Everyone is at my disposal to help achieve important objectives.

Is Nainggolan okay?
Yesterday he did everything with the team, today will be the final test. If everything goes well, he will be called and perhaps will even start.

Would you like a Serie A with fewer teams? Is this the solution?
It could be a solution, but it is not up to me to say so. Whoever has won position to Serie A deserves a chance. I believe there is a gap, there was one last season, too. Having said this, I believe that all matches have a special meaning, the more the season goes on, the more teams settle in. Look at what happened years ago at Sassuolo.

Can Defrel return as a right winger or is he an alternative to Dzeko?
Greg was brought here to be somewhat as an alternative to Edin, but often I have played him on the right. In certain matches, I have chosen other players to make the players more comfortable. I plan to bring him back to the central area. I’m rotating many players in that role there. Cengiz Ünder had a little trouble with Benevento.

Is there a chance to give a break to Dzeko and Kolarov in the next three matches?
Alisson has always played, too. These are decisions that I will make after the match. Tomorrow, both of them will play, then we will evaluate them. It’s only right to take advantage of their form.

How are Karsdorp and Emerson?
Emerson went to Germany to evaluate the injury and is still on course. Karsdorp had this muscular injury that forced him to rest. I do not want him to be in a hurry, it is normal that I would like them all available, but at this moment, he and Schick are not in the right position to be on the pitch with the team.

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