EDF impressed by Roma

Roma Coach Eusebio Di Francesco was impressed by Patrik Schick, Ivan Marcano and Justin Kluivert, but stood up for Alessandro Florenzi.

The Giallorossi made short work of Latina with a 9-0 victory in this afternoon’s friendly with several new buys on show.

“I saw some interesting things and areas where we have to improve, but that’s natural at the start of pre-season,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“We tried to score goals, to make vertical passes, to move the ball around and find our path to the goal the way I asked. That’s what we have been working on a lot over the last few days.

“Having so many players in the squad at this stage certainly allows me to work better in training, but the moment is coming where we have to make important choices.”

Schick stood out with a hat-trick and it’s a big difference compared to last season.

“He missed practically all of pre-season training last year, so didn’t have the time to settle in or find his best form. He seems hungry and determined with the quality to move anywhere across the front line.

“Kluivert can play on the right or the left. At this moment, I have more right-footed players, so I am testing out different alternatives.

“Marcano interpreted the defensive movements well and he already speaks good Italian, he’s a hard worker. Bryan Cristante is valuable not just in terms of technique, but also with his physicality. He has to co-ordinate his attacking movements with the others.”

There was some tension when Florenzi came on, as he was insulted for wanting ’30 pieces of silver’ by a group of ultras due to the on-going contract negotiations.

“I saw some positive situations over the last few days on his contract renewal and I get the impression they are progressing well. Florenzi is a Roma player and naturally I’m happier when he is cheered on than criticised.”

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