Monchi: ‘No Schick deal yet’

Roma director Monchi insists there is still no deal for Sampdoria striker Patrik Schick. “We made an offer and are waiting for a response.”

There were multiple reports today that the Giallorossi had won the bidding war with a proposal worth €38m, including bonuses.

Juventus, Inter and Napoli had also been chasing the Czech Republic international.

“With regards to Schick, nothing has changed since yesterday,” Monchi told Mediaset Premium.

“Many clubs are interested in the player. We made an important offer, both sporting and economic, and we are waiting for a response.”

He was asked if Roma required reinforcements in defence after selling Antonio Rudiger to Chelsea, as Juan Jesus had to play as a makeshift right-back in the 3-1 defeat to Inter.

“It’s true that Rudiger left, but we also brought in Hector Moreno and Rick Karsdorp.”


Spalletti: ‘Inter mentality growing’

Luciano Spalletti trusts Inter are improving in their mentality after ending their Roma taboo with a 3-1 victory and sent a message to the boo boys.

Edin Dzeko had put the Giallorossi ahead, but Mauro Icardi’s brace and a late Matias Vecino tap-in turned it around for their first Stadio Olimpico win since 2008.

“In the first half, we weren’t quick enough moving the ball around, so they got back into their shape and would win back possession,” Spalletti told Mediaset Premium.

“Anyone knows if you play in this type of arena and don’t have a clear idea, you’re going to get squashed. In the first half, Roma were better than us.

“We started to change the mentality of this Inter side and it takes a while to get used to this type of approach. The game with Fiorentina last week was also dangerous, so beating them and Roma in a row builds confidence. Of course you also need a bit of luck, which we did have tonight.

“Roma were very good for the first half. They hit the inside of the woodwork three times, so that was unlucky. However, fortune favours the brave and we, even with some banal errors, attacked constantly. We tried to do more with Joao Mario in the second half.

“The idea is to play that kind of football for the entire 90 minutes. Even when we were 2-1 up, we didn’t sit back. Despite the three goals, and we were lucky, we also had other clear scoring opportunities.

“We were rewarded for our approach and the team must believe in what they are doing.”

Inter started out with Borja Valero in a more advanced trequartista role, but after the break he dropped back to replace Roberto Gagliardini with Joao Mario taking over that position.

“If you keep the ball more with Borja Valero in midfield, you are able to pin the opposition back and he makes exceptional choices in that position.”

Spalletti was asked if Inter needed one more player to be genuine Scudetto contenders.

“We are targeting the Champions League Final this year, but I don’t think we’ll manage it,” joked the tactician.

“Let’s focus on reality here. It’s all about blowing up the balloon, so if you finish second, it’ll feel like a failure. Inter are a good team, we need to work.”

The former Roma Coach was given a frosty welcome from his old fans, but did he meet Francesco Totti to make peace?

“Our paths have not crossed. If they had, I would’ve offered all my friendship. They jeered me because they think I’m the reason Totti retired. But I’m not here now and he could’ve continued.

“The Totti fans jeered me, but I received many positive messages from the Roma fans.”


EDF: ‘Roma deserved to win’

Eusebio Di Francesco admits Roma “lost our shape” to allow Inter counter-attacks, but “we were great for 70 minutes and deserved to win.”

The Giallorossi had taken the lead through Edin Dzeko and rattled the woodwork three times, but Mauro Icardi’s brace and a Matias Vecino tap-in secured the 3-1 Inter victory.

“The ball hits the post and either goes in or out. It did with us three times. You need a bit of luck in this game and Inter had quite a lot of it tonight,” Di Francesco told Mediaset Premium.

“At the same time, we made naïve errors, especially on the equaliser, as that was the goal that changed everything. We created so many chances and didn’t convert them. Last week everyone complained we were too dull and didn’t create chances, this time they’ll complain we didn’t finish them off.

“Up until the 70th minute, we did well enough even with a centre-back having to play at right-back. What I didn’t like was that we lost our balance and shape after the equaliser, so we didn’t act like a big team at that point.

“The fact remains that for 70 minutes, Roma were not just good, but great. We were fantastic in every way, often pressed to win back possession in their half and cause all sorts of problems.

“We should’ve been more clinical and finish more of the chances that we managed to create. Inevitably with the lack of a genuine right-back, our moves were a little lopsided.

“It’s a pity about the result, because I know journalists will only look at that, but I have to examine the performance and in that case I saw definite steps forward. If there was one team that deserved to win and have a two-goal advantage, it was Roma and that’s all there is to it.”

There was a bizarre incident when it was still 1-0 to Roma, as Milan Skriniar appeared to trip Diego Perotti in the box, but VAR technology was not even examined.

“If you’re not going to give a penalty, then don’t give a corner. The absurd thing was awarding a corner. It’s a pity, because I am no longer the Coach of Sassuolo, I am at a big club like Roma, so I expected a little more concentration from referees.

“My players gave their all, but lost their balance in trying to win the game at all costs. If you don’t score a goal there, you risk losing it and Inter played on the counter.”


Icardi: ‘Inter win a great sign’

Mauro Icardi sees Inter’s 3-1 victory away to Roma as “a really good sign” for Luciano Spalletti’s new era.

The Nerazzurri were trailing to an Edin Dzeko opener and rode their luck with the woodwork, but an Icardi brace and Matias Vecino tap-in turned it all around.

“We had a wonderful second half, came out fighting and you could see the difference on the field,” Icardi told Mediaset Premium.

“It’s just the start of a new season under a new Coach, so we are getting accustomed to the dynamics and mistakes can happen. We did well playing the ball in the opposition half

“This victory is a really good sign, now we need to prepare well for the next game too.

“Now I’ve got my chance to play for Argentina and I am going to enjoy it.”

Remarkably, Icardi had never scored at the Olimpico in seven previous attempts and Inter’s last Serie A victory here was in 2008.


Inter comeback conquers Roma

Edin Dzeko had opened the scoring and Roma rattled the woodwork three times, but Mauro Icardi inspired an Inter comeback to win 3-1.

It is the first time the Nerazzurri have won this fixture in Serie A since 2008.

The Giallorossi could consider themselves unlucky at the Olimpico, as after Dzeko’s opener they hit the frame of the goal with Radja Nainggolan, Aleksandar Kolarov and Diego Perotti.

There was also controversy, as VAR was not consulted when Milan Skriniar appeared to trip Perotti in the penalty area.

Icardi scored two very similar goals to turn it around completely, spinning on the spot to fire into the near bottom corner.

As Roma were pouring forward, the visitors struck again on the counter, Matias Vecino tapping in an Ivan Perisic assist.

It was a return to Rome that Luciano Spalletti could really relish against his former club.

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