Ex-Roma boss Andreazzoli: “Totti and Spalletti were fantastic together.”

Andy Mattioli

Aurelio Andreazzoli, currently manager in charge of Empoli, spoke to Corriere dello Sport and shared his thoughts on Roma’s recent form and his past experience in the Italian capital as assistant manager and interim coach.

On Roma losing the scudetto to Mourinho’s Inter in a tight race in 2009/10 season:

“We certainly deserved to win the Scudetto that year. There was some refereeing episodes that proved decisive.”

“But I go against the tide, it’s not the trophy that leaves its mark. In those years we won two Italian Cups, one Super Cup. But what will remain in the history of the club is what the team did, the football they expressed, that was one of the most beautiful teams in Europe.”

On his years at Roma:

“Those were unforgettable years, in that period I made important acquaintances, worked with many coaches, I don’t mention them because if I forget someone gets offended.”

“I lived in an environment where I made many friends, some of them for life. From 2005 to 2017, an important part of my life.”

“I have almost always lived at Trigoria. Only on rare occasions I have had a home in the city. I have always lived inside the sports center, that was my home. I participated in the renovation, in the disasters left by the river when it overflowed.”

On Totti and Spalletti:

“It saddens me. Without going into details, which do not concern me. As a friend of both of them, I’m sorry, because they were fantastic together.”

“I hope that time can put things right and there may be a chance to resume that story together.”

On whether Roma will be able to bounce back after a series of negative results:

“It is somewhat odd to see Roma in trouble. But the team is strong, they have very important players, they will certainly come out of this situation thanks to the experience of an incredible coach and the enthusiasm of a fanbase that is truly one of a kind.”

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