Miralem Pjanic and Mohamed Salah have formed a beautiful partnership between midfield and the attack. With 24 goals and 18 assists between the two in Serie A, they have proved nothing short of integral for Roma’s success.
After the friendly between Al-Ahly and Roma last week, Pjanic spoke to Egyptian news network Sada El-Balad, regarding his Egyptian teammate:
It’s really easy to play with him (Salah). I understand his qualities as he does mine, so we get along very well when we are on the field together.
The Egyptian international grabbed a goal during the friendly – the same team he scored his first professional goal against.
Roma now looks forward to high-altitude summer training in Pinzolo.
After returning from a 390-day injury layoff, Kevin Strootman has retaken the pitch with enthusiasm and hunger.
Now back with the national team, Strootman will be fighting to reclaim the field for his club and country. While attending the Dutch International Volleyball Tournament, the Oranje captain gave an interview on his progress:
I’ve passed those ugly moments, and above all, my last surgery. I hade done everything I could have to return to good health, but I was only able to get back to 20%. In some moments I thought that maybe I wouldn’t be able to get back to my level, but then I started to play some games with the Primavera, but then I made a turn to a better page. Now the knee is perfectly OK, I don’t fear of hurting it again. I’m looking to do all my exercises to the maximum, although I’ll stay aware of the risks that I’ll be confronting.
Coach Luciano Spalletti will be looking for Strootman to become a major player in next year’s push for Scudetto glory. #DajeKevin
A breakdown of the investigation into Mirko Gori’s 13th minute red card in Napoli-Frosinone
Rome’s city prefect Franco Gabrielli is responsible for the divisive barriers inside the Stadio Olimpico’s Curva Sud. The barriers were implemented at the beginning of the 2015/16 season, resulting in match petitioning and protests from Roma’s season-ticket holders.
While attending the event “Legality breaks the barriers,” Gabrielli took the microphone to answer a few questions on the future of the situation:
Is it a legal necessity to maintain the barriers?
They’ll remain until those people stop entering the stadium. If these people think that the barriers should be removed because they’re not fixed, then it’s misunderstood.
Will the barriers be there for the first week of the new season?
You will have to ask the next prefect, I won’t have the fortune anymore of dealing with this issue.
This year there were no issues…
Well, there was nobody there.
For the away matches, there were no issues, and it was the same people that occupy the Curva Sud…
I believe that the Committee of Public Security is like Rome’s so they have an understanding of the issue.
Will we see the barriers in other stadiums?
I’m not in charge of Public Security in every city.
The reentry of many fans during the last match?
That was good to see.
Crowded roads and traffic forced some into choosing an alternative method to reach the Stadio Olimpico for Roma-Chievo this morning…
The Internazionali BNL d’Italia competition and what could possibly be Totti’s last Serie A match brought out droves of people, complicating arrival to the stadium.
Some Giallorossi fans took a ferry down Rome’s infamous Tevere river, donning the vessel in scarves and flags. Now that’s a grand arrival!
In an interview today with Football365.fr, Roma’s loanee wingback stated the following:
Against Genoa we won by playing with heart. It’s really not so unbelievable that we managed to come back throughout the season and obtain third place. We put up a series of really positive performances, we haven’t lost in 15! These results give us faith in ourselves.
On his season…
I’ve made a lot of progress, above all, on the defensive side of my game. This is my greatest season yet, the numbers speak for themselves. It’s a beautiful thing to play my part in one of the greatest teams in Serie A, everyday things are getting better. The Euros? I think about the national team, but it’s not me who decides. I work hard everyday and focus on finishing my season well here at Roma.
Digne has set a personal best this season, scoring three goals and creating five assists.
I’ve been finishing my thesis the past half-a-year. All I can say is, I have the greatest history of the Curva Sud coming to a bookshelf near you… or just on the internet.
Meanwhile, I’ve been doing lots of writing for Roma (and Gazzetta World), including analysis of the opposition, statistical analysis, and interviewing football personalities around the world (like Diego Perotti interview here).
Once I get done with my Masters program, I will be back soon. Unless you have some work for me or comments, contact me direct! Romavulp@gmail.com