Florenzi: “Roma is my second family.”

John Solano

Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi appeared in the latest edition of FIFA Magazine, here are his words:

Alessandro, when will you be back on
the pitch?

The knee is making good progress after the cruciate ligament injury. It’s going pretty well and we’re all happy with the way things are going. What we need to do now is take a close look at how the knee stands up to increasing levels of strain.

What do AS Roma mean to you?
The club is like a second family to me,
my second home. Even when I was a young boy, I dreamt of pulling on the shirt for
this club one day and I did everything I could to make that dream come true.
The fact that I managed it makes me really proud.

Francesco Totti may well retire at the end of the season. Will you take over the captain’s armband from him?

Who knows, Francesco may carry on playing, and let’s not forget that Daniele De Rossi is currently the vice-captain. He does a really good job – he’s a true leader.

Can Roma win the scudetto again after 16 years?

We will certainly pull out all the stops
to snatch the title away from Juventus, but it’s going to be hard – although we’ve got a good team and are improving all the time.

Do you live in Rome itself?
Yes, but not in the centre, I live in the outskirts. Rome’s a fantastic city, it’s my home. There’s always something going on here. It’s got everything: history, culture, sport. You can’t help it, with a place like Rome it’s
love at firsr sight [laughs].

Where does Serie A stand on the global football ladder?

Our league is well on its way back to
the top. That’s what we’re working hard towards in Italy, and I think all clubs have taken this aim on board. Serie A is still not at the level of the English Premier League, but I think that soon we will be able compete pretty well with the best leagues in the world. Top players are signing new contracts in Italy again, which tells you all you need to know.
Can the national team also reach the
top again?
De nitely. We have a lot of experienced players, but we’ve also got young players who want to learn and who are increasingly prepared to put their skills to the test.
Like my younger team-mates, I want to continue to benefit from the older players’ experience. And our new coach Giampiero Ventura wants us to play attractive football. He is really strong tactically.

Is Italian football conservative and behind the times, as Arrigo Sacchi says?

I do not think that we are behind the times, but as far as tactics are concerned, Italian football is certainly conservative.

Have you still got a secret football ambition?

No, I fulfilled it when I started playing in Serie A. I think I’ve achieved a lot, although a few more trophies wouldn’t go amiss.

You became a father in the summer with the birth of your daughter. How has that changed your life?

A lot. Getting together with my future wife and the birth of my daughter are the best things that have ever happened to me. Becoming a father is something special. My wife, my daughter and my entire family are the rocks in my life and I hope that I am for them, too. At least something positive came out of my injury: I’ve been able to spend much more time with my baby daughter Penelope.

Will you still be playing for Roma when you’re 40?

[Laughs] I don’t know. I take life as it comes. Turning out for Roma is a great honour, especially if, like me, you come from a family who are all Roma fans.

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