Former Roma director Gianluca Petrachi once again reiterated his resentment toward the previous ownership’s clash of attitudes which caused him to exit the club after less than a year into his tenure.
“If I had been given more time at Roma I would have done a good job because we were on the right track. Of the team that won the Conference League, 7-8 players are ones I signed when I was their sporting director,” he told TribalFootball.com.
“What Roma did last year is very positive. They managed to bring a trophy to Rome after so many years of not winning anything. Winning the Conference League, plus the fact that it was a new competition, is an important step and an important achievement.”
“This year we will have to see if they can confirm the same level of competitiveness as last year. I think for Roma, if they qualify for the Champions League, it will be considered a good result in the end.”
“Smalling? I hope Roma don’t lose him in 2023. It’s very difficult to find players of his level and he is a a great defender and very professional. He hasn’t suffered any injuries lately and I’m very happy that he’s doing very well.”