Hancarenka: ‘Roma still a top team’

CSKA Moscow Coach Viktar Hančarėnka insists Roma “are still a top team with quality players”, despite a difficult start to the season.

The Giallorossi lost at home to Spal at the weekend, having already lost to Bologna and drawn with Chievo this term.

“They’re still a top team with quality players,” Hančarėnka warned in his pre-match Press conference.

“They change a lot every year, we’re only talking about how the Coach organises his team to make them effective.

“For a team like Roma things can go well or, like we saw against Spal, less well. It’s only tomorrow that we’ll be able to see the impact of negative results.

“For ourselves and Roma the style of play is the priority, and the result will come down to that.

“We came to Rome two days early to recover from our trip [to Anzhi Makhachkala] and to better prepare.

“It’s something we often do when we have flights of over three hours.”

Hančarėnka was then asked about the Lupi’s most dangerous players.

“You shouldn’t say, but I’d have to say [Edin] Dzeko and also [Daniele] De Rossi, if he plays.

“If we’re talking about a player out of the ordinary I’d say [Francesco] Totti, who I was lucky enough to see play here. It’s better that he’ll be there, but not on the pitch.”

A journalist asked if Nikola Vlašić and Alan Dzagoev will be fit for tomorrow’s game.

“You managed to pronounce their surnames correctly, so they’re obviously famous here!” Hančarėnka laughed.

“Vlašić is ready for tomorrow. Dzagoev still has some problems which mean he can’t play the whole game, but we hope to see him on the pitch for several minutes tomorrow.”

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