EDF: ‘Roma standing by me’

Eusebio Di Francesco believes Roma players and fans are “standing by me. I am accustomed to facing up to situations and not running away.”

The encounter with Genoa kicks off on Sunday at 19.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The Giallorossi lost their last two Champions League games, but still qualified for the Round of 16, while in Serie A they are down in seventh place on a par with Sassuolo, Parma and Atalanta.

“Daniele De Rossi didn’t manage the entire training session, but he is in the squad. I want him to be with the team and he wants to stay with me,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

Edin Dzeko, Stephan El Shaarawy and Lorenzo Pellegrini remain on the treatment table.

“Genoa reacted very well to going a man down against SPAL last Sunday. They have two forwards who work very well together in Krzysztof Piatek and Christian Kouame.”

The focus was inevitably on their current crisis and reports Di Francesco could be fired if he doesn’t win this match.

There are reports Roma are moving to a 3-4-3 formation with Patrik Schick dropped and Nicolò Zaniolo as a False 9.

“We all face up to reality, we evaluated the mistakes made and the attitudes that were wrong. Everything is possible tactically, but the most important thing is to rediscover the team spirit we were missing against Viktoria Plzen, where we lost too many individual battles.

“I worked on both a four-man and three-man defence, so we can adapt based on the characteristics of the players at our disposal.

“This game has to represent a rebirth, because we’ve all been put under the spotlight, including the Coach. We’ve got to fire the team up, yes, but not too much.

“You always ask me about Schick, before that he didn’t play enough, now that you think he plays too much. Nobody has a guaranteed spot in this team.

“I feel the lads are standing by me, but at times you really want to give your all and something doesn’t come out right. More than them giving me something, I should be giving something to them.

“I am accustomed to facing up to situations and not running away. The fans might or might not be satisfied, but I still expect great support. I realise I have a special place in their hearts for what I am, but also what I represented in the past. Aside from being the Roma Coach, I am DiFra and I feel that I owe them something.

“There is no time to think about disappointments, you have to think positive. In life there are people who can let you down or they can stand by your side for a lifetime. If I try to analyse a game or a goal and find out what went wrong, it’s not to point the finger of blame, it’s to ensure we all learn from it. These lads need to mature and take on some responsibility.”

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