Rome – First press conference as Roma coach Daniele De Rossiwho will appear for the first time on the Giallorossi bench tomorrow, Saturday, January 20, in the home match against Verona.
De Rossi's press conference has ended
Daniele De Rossi's press conference ended a few minutes ago.
Risks of the match against Verona
Tomorrow there is Verona, and this should not be underestimated according to De Rossi: “First, Verona… it's a strong team led by a coach I respect a lot (Marco Baroni, also a former Roma defender, ed.). They have a specific playing style and are physical players, and the emotions on display on their debut should not fool us. I hope there is no bad mood and we should all be very warm: me on the bench, the players on the field, the fans on the field.“.
De Rossi then analyzes Rome's problems: “We also encountered some problems while watching the matches. I don't think Roma played as bad as they say, but they played some games very well and others very bad. This up and down was the problem. He made some changes in terms of performance on the field. We give ourselves ideas and reasons, but it would be disrespectful to say that here at the press conference. Immediately, you are amazed when you see when Dybala, Lukaku and Pellegrini touch the ball… The person who impressed me was Beselli, I did not think he was that strong. I admit I didn't know him“.
From Rossi and Mourinho
De Rossi was asked about Mourinho. If Roma was fed up with the Portuguese coach and if he and Mo felt: “I sent him a letter, he wrote to me when I accepted SPAL, it was a necessary and right gesture. Was he bored? You have to ask him and I don't really care, with all due respect. I can't focus on other things now, I have to focus on Roma because in the last days I also had to do many other things: the uniform, the contract, and things other than football. I can't wait until I can only think about football“.
Discontent of the masses
Regarding the bad mood in Roma after Mourinho’s dismissal, De Rossi says he is calm: “I'm not stupid, the calming effect is a pretty poor way to decide which option to take me. I think the reaction could have been worse with the other coaches here. I don't need extra stimulation, it doesn't destabilize me. Many factors must be taken into consideration when choosing how to replace a beloved coach like Mourinho. If they had appointed other coaches, the reaction would certainly have been worse in the short term. The fans are an important part, the packed houses in the stadium are what brought the points. Nobody takes away the love they felt for Mourinho, but nothing prevents them from loving me too, and continuing the process of love on the field. Obviously they chose me not because of my results at SPAL, but for many other things. This could be a great opportunity for me. No one believes that they will fire the most successful coach and take you. I expected to become Roma coach, but in a more gradual process. The history of coaches who came on a temporary basis and then stayed is extensive, the latest being Paladino who I don't think was chosen to be one, but then got confirmed given he is now one of the three coaches. the best in the world. I don't have to pretend that I haven't been here before, I don't have to pretend that I don't like Pellegrini, Cristante… They advise me not to come in my car, but I don't do it. She must pretend to be poor. I don't have to pretend like nothing happened… You can respect the roles while being friends. When we entered the field, I felt like a coach there. They look at me, listen to me, follow me, it seems to me that they like what they hear. Now let's see if this scores points“.
Three or four defense?
Will Roma play with a back three or four? “I fell in love with this work with Spalletti, and then with Luis Enrique. This type of coach, who brings several players into the attacking phase and defends with four, made me fall in love. However, this team has been playing with threes for years, now let's see, they can also defend one way and attack another way through some rotations, let's see. Maybe we will change during the match or depending on the opponent“.
De Rossi contract
Regarding the contract until June, DDR explains: “The bosses Dan and Ryan were very clear about the length of the contract and how long I would be here. I said “it's okay”, put the amount in and I just want a bonus for the Champions League. It wasn't empty but I was going to sign a blank. Of course I wouldn't spend my whole career like this but the only thing I asked of him was to treat me like a coach, not like a legend, not like a former player. I don't want to walk around on the field with Romulo. I will play it to death to stay here and I think they are satisfied with that, I want to get my confirmation on the field in a clean way“.
De Rossi Football
“What would I like to remember? If Guardiola said my football, there would be the same genius and I would accept such an expression, but I am not at their level at all and I don't know if I would have that brand. I think if our team is finally recognized and the players know what to do with each other, I will be happy with that“.
Champions League goal
What will make De Rossi happy at the end of the season? “If we were among the top four in the standings. When you change the manager, it's not easy, it happens: it's not rare, there are some problems that I don't have to analyze too much, I have to start from 0-0 and in 3-4 days you don't have time to analyze everything. Fortunately, I'm a fan of this team so I won't have to watch the videos again because I've seen them all, they're the team I know best in the world so we cut short that study phase. Roma are not saying no, it's a bit like what happened to Pirlo years ago. There are men who refuse and men who throw themselves into it. It's not just about wanting to come back or nostalgia, the only reason I would say no is if it was an average team, but I think this is a strong team and the work will help us make a good impression.“.
De Rossi and Totti
“Have you heard Tutti? He sent me good fortune in which he showed me his happiness and amazement, which at first was mine as well. “We spoke a few times and promised to see each other and spend time together which is something we always enjoy.” read the news
The press conference begins
The beginning of Daniele De Rossi's press conference. These are his first words:When a coach changes you always see players going a thousand miles an hour in the first training sessions. The first courses give you answers up to a certain point, and we'll have to see if we can maintain those rhythms, but the first answers are amazing. Players also internalized the first three concepts we presented. They are sponges.”
Slight delay, De Rossi soon
Slight delay at the start of the press conference: De Rossi will speak shortly.
After the first day back, Roma sit ninth in the standings, something that has not happened since January 2003, the weekend that saw De Rossi make his Serie A debut as a footballer. The Giallorossi team is fresh from elimination in the Italian Cup at the hands of Lazio and from defeat in the tournament against Milan.
De Rossi's first days as Roma coach
De Rossi took over as coach of the Giallorossi last Tuesday, after Jose Mourinho was sacked in the morning, and already that day, in the afternoon, he ran the first training session in Trigoria.
De Rossi's words coming soon
Daniele De Rossi's press conference is scheduled for 10am at the Fulvio Bernardini Sports Center in Trigoria.
Fulvio Bernardini Sports Centre, Rome
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