Roma set for New Balance deal

According to the latest reports, Roma are ready to announce their new kit sponsor from 2021-22 will be New Balance, replacing Nike.

The general cost is expected to be the same, €4m per season, but the Corriere dello Sport suggests New Balance will provide better incentives for the club with a larger percentage of shirts sold.

There are already rumours circulating about the designs planned for next season, with four jerseys available.

The first would be red, the away kit white, the third blue and fourth yellow.


Media watch: Smalling ‘lost himself’

La Gazzetta dello Sport writes Chris Smalling ‘lost himself’ in the Derby della Capitale, while Luis Alberto and Manuel Lazzari were the best players on the pitch.

The Biancocelesi pulled out a 3-0 win against Roma with goals came courtesy of Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto.

The ex-Liverpool man scored a brace and according to Il Corriere dello Sport he was the best player on the pitch with a rating of 9/10.

La Gazzetta dello Sport slams former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling writing the Englishman ‘lost himself’ and ‘doesn’t look like the same player he was last season.’

According to each one of the three Italian sports papers, however, the worst player on the pitch was Roger Ibanez who gifted Lazio the second goal.

Click here for the Football Italia player ratings.             

Lazio-Roma, player ratings from Italian sports papers:


Lazio: Reina 7; Luiz Felipe 7 (Patric 69 6), Acerbi 7, Radu 6.5 (Hoedt 83 N/A); Lazzari 8, Luis Alberto 8, Leiva 6.5 (Escalante 65 6), S Milinkovic-Savic 7, Marusic 7; Immobile 7.5 (Muriqi 83 6), Caicedo 6 (Akpa Akpro 65 6.5)

Roma: Pau Lopez 6; Mancini 5.5 (Mayoral 71 5), Smalling 5, Ibanez 4; Karsdorp 5, Veretout 5 (Pedro 46 5), Villar 5 (Cristante 60 5), Spinazzola 4.5 (Peres 71 5); Pellegrini 5, Mkhitaryan 5; Dzeko 5


Lazio: Reina 6.5; Luiz Felipe 6.5 (Patric 69 6), Acerbi 7, Radu 6.5 (Hoedt 83 N/A); Lazzari 8, Luis Alberto 8, Leiva 7 (Escalante 65 6), S Milinkovic-Savic 6.5, Marusic 6.5; Immobile 7 (Muriqi 83 N/A), Caicedo 6 (Akpa Akpro 65 6.5)

Roma: Pau Lopez 5; Mancini 4.5 (Mayoral 71 5.5), Smalling 5, Ibanez 4; Karsdorp 5, Veretout 5 (Pedro 46 6), Villar 5 (Cristante 60 5), Spinazzola 4.5 (Peres 71 5); Pellegrini 5, Mkhitaryan 5; Dzeko 5

Corriere dello Sport:

Lazio: Reina 7; Luiz Felipe 7.5 (Patric 69 6.5), Acerbi 7.5, Radu 7 (Hoedt 83 6); Lazzari 8.5, Luis Alberto 9, Leiva 7 (Escalante 65 6.5), S Milinkovic-Savic 7, Marusic 6.5; Immobile 7.5 (Muriqi 83 6), Caicedo 6.5 (Akpa Akpro 65 6.5)

Roma: Pau Lopez 6; Mancini 5.5 (Mayoral 71 5), Smalling 5, Ibanez 4; Karsdorp 5.5, Veretout 5 (Pedro 46 5), Villar 5 (Cristante 60 5.5), Spinazzola 4.5 (Peres 71 5.5); Pellegrini 5.5, Mkhitaryan 5; Dzeko 4.5




Ref watch: Lazio’s second goal should have been disallowed

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Lazio’s second goal against Roma should have been disallowed for a Manuel Lazzari handball.

Daniele Orsato had quite a busy night at the Olimpico on Friday when Roma and Lazio met for the first Derby della Capitale played behind closed doors.

Ciro Immobile broke the deadlock after 14 minutes and Luis Alberto doubled the Biancocelesti’s lead after 23.

The Spaniard’s goal, however, should have been disallowed for a Mauel Lazzari handball, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The ex Spal winger, in fact, recovered the ball inside Roma’s box, but touched it with his left arm before setting up the former Liverpool man.

“VAR should have noticed Lazzari’s touch,” writes La Gazzetta that, however, suggests Felipe Caicedo was not off-side.

VAR considered the Lazio striker was not interfering with play, as Pau Lopez had a clear view of the Luis Alberto shot.

Ref Ratings:

Corriere dello Sport: 5.5

Tuttosport: 6

Gazzetta dello Sport: 5.5


Luis Alberto: ‘More important for Lazio’

Luis Alberto admits the Rome Derby was ‘a bit more important than usual’ for Lazio after he scored twice in the 3-0 triumph.

The Aquile dominated this Derby della Capitale, winning with a Luis Alberto brace and Ciro Immobile opener, as the Giallorossi had only one genuine chance at the 85th minute.

“This season, it was a bit more important than usual, because we weren’t doing as well in Serie A as we wanted,” the Spaniard told Sky Sport Italia.

“The last three or four games have been much better, we improved a great deal, and we confirmed that in the derby. We showed a winning mentality and want to keep this momentum going.

“At times we can play better or worse, but the important thing is to win. We cannot lose our concentration against the smaller clubs, because that is where we’ve dropped points and need to do better. We cannot afford that in Serie A.”

Luis Alberto had joked on Instagram yesterday that the ‘plan’ was to pass it to Immobile for the goal. Change of plan?

“I always want to help the team to win and do as well as possible, whether I am contributing with a goal or assist.”