Spalletti speaks ahead of the Derby


Roma manager Luciano Spalletti spoke today ahead of tomorrow’s Derby match against Lazio. Here is an excerpt of his words:

“I see the derby as a special game that you have to win the same way as any normal game. It’s important for two sets of standings: the Serie A table and the all-time head-to-head record between these two teams.”

“It’s crucial that we read the various stages of the game because you can’t have it your own way for the whole 90 minutes. We must pick the right moment to win the match. We have to play like Roma whatever the game situation we find ourselves in.”

“We feel the Roman spirit every day, regardless of whether the fans come to the stadium. For us, the players and everyone who works here, it’s a way of life, the way you greet people, the way you look at people, the way you meet and train. We feel it all week long so we don’t need any further input.”

“It’s like a second skin – near or far, you feel it all the same. As I said last year, the fans’ hearts beat just as loudly even when they’re not in the stadium.”

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