Roma coach discusses squad rotation ahead of Liverpool clash

Date published: Friday 20th April 2018 12:46 - Ross Gibson

Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has spoken to the media ahead of their trip to face SPAL on Saturday afternoon, before the crucial Champions League tie on Wednesday.

The Italian club travel to Liverpool on Wednesday for one of the biggest games in their history, but have domestic football to concentrate on first.

Di Francesco says that although he wants to play a full strength team on Saturday, he will rest any of the Giallorossi that are not 100% fit.

“This game against SPAL is very important for lots of reasons,” the coach said.

“We must make sure we capitalise on the chances that come our way.

“Diego Perotti is OK and he’ll be in the squad. Aleksandar Kolarov won’t be coming with us this weekend, though – he has a minor muscle complaint.

“Edin Džeko is really up for it right now but I’ll speak to him and decide whether or not to start him tomorrow. If not, Patrik Schick will lead the line.

“As for who will come in for Kolarov at left-back tomorrow, it will be a left-footed player. Jonathan Silva is more likely than Luca Pellegrini.

“Cengiz Ünder’s pace is a vital part of his game so we need to make sure he doesn’t suffer from fatigue when there are so many games. We won’t rest everyone. Lorenzo Pellegrini could well start – I’m undecided between him and another player.”


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