Zdenek Zeman is keeping tight-lipped over Maarten Stekelenburg and his Roma line-up against Catania, but notes Marco Borriello and Simone Perrotta “are not in my plans.”
The Giallorossi surprised many by snapping up goalkeeper Mauro Goicoechea from Danubio, though Stekelenburg is in the squad for tomorrow’s Serie A opener. Click here for a match preview.
“At this moment I bring the players who I think that I can use. Borriello and Perrotta are not in my plans,” said the Coach during his Press conference.
“Will Stekelenburg start? I give my line-up tomorrow, not today. I think he’s one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, but that doesn’t mean we can’t play without him. I had already asked for Goicoechea while at Pescara, as I like the way he plays.”
Roma are among the wild cards for this season, as they have reinforced and do not have any European commitments.
“In order to be on a par with the big clubs we must prove something on the pitch. I hope the team can have a positive campaign and fight it out with everyone.
“Usually they say the favourites are those who did well last year – Juventus, Milan, Inter, Lazio and Udinese. However, this term we’re starting from scratch and I think everyone has a chance to prove themselves.
“I feel at home here and am starting from scratch on a personal level too. I had left Roma 13 years ago and now want to do something new for the fans and players. I hope to fix and improve those things that went badly and play football the way it ought to be played.”
Roma squad for Catania: Marquinhos, Balzaretti, Bradley, Burdisso, Castan, Marquinho, De Rossi, Florenzi, Bojan, Lamela, Lobont, Lopez, Osvaldo, Piris, Pjanic, Romagnoli, Stekelenburg, Tachtsidis, Taddei, Totti