De Rossi: EDF, Totti, Alisson…

Roma’s Daniele De Rossi claims Eusebio Di Francesco is a ‘winner’, it was a ‘shock’ without Francesco Totti at first and that Alisson is a ‘phenomenon’.

Di Francesco’s first season was marked by the losses of Totti and long-serving No 1 Wojciech Szczesny, but he nonetheless led Roma to a third-place finish in Serie A and the Champions League semi-finals, while Alisson emerged as one of Europe’s top goalkeepers.

“Di Francesco? Some people turned their noses at his appointment,” he told Roma TV.

“It wasn’t easy to pick the team up after we set a Serie A points record, but it’s turned out to be a winning choice.

“Totti? Our first season without him was complicated. Not seeing him on the pitch anymore was a shock for both us and the fans.

“Alisson? Initially I wondered why we spent €10-12m on a goalkeeper if we already had Szczesny.

“However, I soon realised that Alisson was a phenomenon and cares for Roma. Pallotta? I see in him the desire to create something important.

“He became No 1 in his work and I hope he continues to strengthen the team because everyone here deserves a trophy.

“Scudetto? We want to bother Juve all the way and maybe snatc the Scudetto from under their noses!”

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