The following is an adaptation of an article from forzaroma.info

The radio Romano is a phenomenon, above all the other radio stations around Italy. A multitude of stations acting as a platform, the many journalists, with former players as well as pundits to enliven the show. Here are the opinions of the protagonists of the stations in Rome.

 

Iacopo Savelli: “The unfortunate situation for Salah? His absence in the derby will change the class of players on the field… But Roma is strong even without him, If it happened to Dzeko, that would be worse. Unfortunately these things are part of the game.”

Fabio Maccheroni: “Salah? Without him it changes the derby, but anyway El Shaarawy is great cover.”

Massimo Cecchini: “A surprise in the derby? I’m not really expecting it. I expect tighter defense on the wings, yes, but that means we won’t see the two fullbacks pushing forward. But at least one of them will be required to stay further back while one is more of a midfielder. But I don’t expect a revolution. Manolas will have the responsibility of covering 1 v 1 situations: The Giallorossi defense is much stronger than that of Lazio’s.

Fabrizio Aspri: “Are we sure that one fullback will be required to withhold? Lazio expects one to push further up. In terms of Nainggolan, he is a luxury playing there, due to his commitment to get back. There I really see Perotti, not the Belgian. Strootman? He will be present in the derby. Roma can’t stop now, not now that Juventus is finally showing cracks. If this is really a team with great attributes, this is the game in which they will have to show it.”

Paolo Franci: “Bruno Peres? He will be there, but he shows the tactical imbalance. Roma are a team with no balance and the first to pay for it are the fullbacks.”

Ugo Trani: “So far we have only spoken of the pitfalls of each team, but now the difficulties Lazio will face in defending, considering Dzeko is in excellent health. Regarding the January market I think Roma needs reinforcements with someone like Rincon in midfield, while definitely not losing anyone. For example, I think Roma needs a vice Strootman. On the corporate front the presence of Gandini is a step forward for the relationship between the organization and the fans. Possibly he can make us love the organization the same way we love the players.”

Marco Cassetti: “The derby will be a complicated game, it always is but now more than ever because the gap in technical quality has been reduced. Roma can suffer under Lazio’s attacking trident who are in top form. Unfortunately Peres has tactical limits, and the opponent creates their plan of attack by focusing on his deficiencies – although Manolas has been hiding it for him. Roma are also without Paredes. I hope we can get back to seeing the real Strootman, he had a small decline, but that’s normal.

Max Tonetto: “The derby is a game for players of personality. Roma will be playing “away from home” having only 4,000 fans. Roma will have to be very careful not to let up and to hide their faults.For me they key player will be Dzeko, he is the key to the derby. Without Salah, they definitely need Dzeko.

Danielle Lo Monaco: “Roma are the first candidate to challenge Juventus, the others are pretty good but they are not real competitors (for the Scudetto). The absence of the tifosi is a reflection of the current state of affairs in regards to the Olimpico, for if the match was held at the Flaminio there would be a lot of people. In any case, we will see how many go to the public workouts at Formello and Tre Fontane, as we are expecting a full house.