Roma’s Leonardo Spinazzola: “Mentally I feel much freer now.”

John Solano

Roma left wingback Leonardo Spinazzola was interviewed in today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport on the eve of his side’s league match against Parma.

The Italian wide man has enjoyed an incredibly successful run of form at the club over the past six months — not long after a proposed move to Inter fell through last January.

Spinazzola admits that he struggled in the Italian capital when he initially arrived in the summer of 2019 from Juve. However, he also reveals that he is now in a much better place from a mental standpoint, which has helped his performances.

“I feel much freer from a mental point of view. The possible sale to Inter is in the past, these things happen,” said the Italian defender.

“I don’t think that Kolarov’s shadow weighed on me, he only took space from me during the first part of just season. Things changed, though, in the second half of last season.”

He continued, “The team plays much better both in defence and attack in the new three-man defence. We play more compact. Fonseca? He’s still the same guy from when he arrived, he’s very balanced. Even when there were names being linked as his replacement, he never broke down or wavered.”

”Friedkin? Things are better with them here even though the club didn’t skip a beat during the ownership change. Even though the player are on the pitch, you can still see and feel the presence of the President.”

“The Scudetto? Inter and Juve are best equipped. Our goal is to return to the Champions League but obviously we want to win things.”

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