Spalletti speaks ahead of Bologna tie

John Solano

Roma manager Luciano Spalletti spoke today ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Bologna at the Stadio Olimpico, here are his words:

The available?
Today, everyone should (training) with the group. Gyomber and Vainqueur have returned. Rudiger has suffered an abscess problem, but it is only swelling, he is ok. De Rossi has a little discomfort in his back but he’s OK, too.
What do you fear most about tomorrow night?
First of all, let’s highlight the ability of Donadoni: he is a serious guy who knows how to transfer all the characteristics he had as a player to his team. I do not think my players go into a match not giving our best, we talked about this several times, they (Bologna) will pull out all their quality and be more clever, we must be cautious.

How’s Strootman? Can he be a starter?
Kevin is getting better, every time he enters puts a little piece of his quality forward. He’s still missing a bit, like playing in a match with the intensity, but I think I’ll use him when he’s ready and on his road to a full recovery.

How’s De Rossi? Is he ready to return as a starter?
Here we must be careful, we must take into account the condition of the players. There are players who are prepared to give their own contribution and put in place their own quality in place of the injured: they want to be involved in the cause for Roma.

Dzeko will start?
From my point of view, this is a problem that does not exist, a manager tries to bring out a collective game for the team. Roma is scoring goals, both with and without Dzeko. So the difference is having an attack with or without Dzeko, which is a decision for the manager. I think of the group when I make a choice. Bologna are a very tricky proposition – let’s not forget they’re the team who ended Juve’s run. Perhaps they’ve deserved more this season.

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