Wednesday August 28 2013
De Rossi’s shot at redemption

Daniele De Rossi helped to take Roma’s minds off recent issues as he starred in the victory at Livorno. Luca Cetta wonders if it’s the start of a big season ahead.

If Roma hoped their opening round trip to the Stadio Armando Picchi to face Livorno would divert from the Erik Lamela saga, they were wrong. The Argentine’s likely move to Tottenham has dominated headlines and his name continued to do so as they visited the Tuscan coast. This time talk revolved around Lamela’s non-inclusion in the starting XI. It comes at the end of a summer noted for unrest and protests. Roma needed a positive start and feel good story to ease tension. Thanks to Daniele De Rossi, the Lupi got both.

Rudi Garcia commenced with three points and the performance of his star midfielder will be most pleasing. In their player ratings, La Gazzetta dello Sport asked if the Italian international really is a problem for Roma. De Rossi looked the player of old as he pulled the strings.

He chimed in, critically, with the opening goal just past the hour mark. And what a goal it was too, a rocket from distance that flew into the corner. It ended a personal club drought for De Rossi, who last scored 469 days earlier, on May 13 2012 against Cesena. Perhaps it closed what was a difficult spell for the player.

De Rossi downplayed its significance: “Scoring goals has never been my priority. I’ve always scored four or five a season, last year went badly in this regard.”

The 30-year-old experienced a frustrating time under Zdenek Zeman and never truly sparkled under Aurelio Andreazzoli, his first act to reinstate De Rossi in the line-up. The Czech was mixed in his messages concerning the player, who was clearly unsettled. Zeman opted for Panagiotis Tachtsidis in the centre of the midfield. He did not see De Rossi as the player to control a midfield trident. It is not an opinion the player shared.

Exacerbating the situation were the constant transfer rumours. When it comes to De Rossi, they never quite go away. Roma are said to want rid of his €6m a year wage burden. Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked with the player.

While looking unsettled at Trigoria, the Tuscan air of Coverciano and the Azzurri shirt offered relief. Under Cesare Prandelli, De Rossi played his best football during the past year. He is a key component of Prandelli’s side. Whether in midfield or defence – he was recently fielded as a marking defender in the friendly against Argentina, while also previously appearing as a spare defender – there is a place for De Rossi.

He admits Roma are a step behind the main contenders, and thinks the problem is psychological.  “We are not missing that much at Roma, but we are lacking a little. What we really need is enthusiasm. We need to put a winning run of games together and start to believe in ourselves again.”

Perhaps the first sign of belief surfaced in Livorno. Three minutes after De Rossi’s rocket, Alessandro Florenzi doubled the advantage. De Rossi offered a release from the nerves and Roma took advantage. Now they’ll aim to do that on a bigger scale, starting this weekend against Milan’s vanquishers, Verona.

For his boss, De Rossi is a ‘symbol of Roma’. He was one of the players Garcia identified at his unveiling that he was eager to work with, along with Francesco Totti, of course. “Totti and De Rossi are elements who will be important on and off the pitch. I have a great desire to meet De Rossi, as I do the rest of the squad. De Rossi can play in a lot of roles, just give me the time to get to know him.”

Any thoughts of leaving appear to be quashed, replaced with a desire to help Roma progress. After conquering Livorno, De Rossi spoke of Trigoria as his second home, the people there his family. And while positive of Garcia, made note there’s a sense of déjà vu. “Garcia? He gives a precise identity, but we had that last year and with Luis Enrique.” He went on to add the Frenchman seems a good mix of the two.

De Rossi may be slightly guarded, but there were initial signs he will flourish with Roma again. We must take into account the opposition were newly promoted and are relegation candidates. But a De Rossi playing with fire in his belly can only be positive for the Giallorossi.

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Have your say...
DDR16 is definitely one of the best in his generation,inspite of not winning lots of trophy with roma DDR16 stayed loyal to his beloved club(roma). Being a roma player is hard because there is only one player there who is above all and that is TOTTI, but DDR16 dedication to play in roma week in week out is no doubt was exceptional, and you can see that to his emotions how much he was attached to roma jersey.

Dajeeee Daniele, Forzaaaaa Romaaaa!!!

on the 5th September, 2013 at 9:07am
I am a Roma fan, but De Rossi has been so inconsistent in the Roma shirt it isn't even funny.

A wild goal and he's back? Doubtful. DDR hasn't looked good in ages. Look at his face, the guy aged 10 years overnight after that divorce.
on the 4th September, 2013 at 1:49pm
The guardian are making quite a big deal of Man Utd bidding for DDR today. If this goes through I think the ultras will make their feelings clear to the board...
on the 30th August, 2013 at 4:00pm
Luca, Ljajic is an excellent player. He is very skillful, a great dribbler, has a fine shot, & is very good at set-pieces. My only concern with him is his attitude. Man Utd chose not sign him; Mijhalovic said that Ljajic ate too much chocolate & spent too much time playing video games; Dellio Rossi wanted to knock him out; & Montella was sick of having to deal with him. If he can grow-up & start acting like a professional, Roma will have a world class talent on their hands.
on the 30th August, 2013 at 9:53am
@ Dan Giambrone I agree about Italy needing cover for De Rossi particularly if the play 3-5-2. I can't think of a natural replacement except maybe Marrone. Hopefully he'll get some playing time away from Juve this season to see if he can progress. Even in midfield Italy do not have many ball winners. I want to see how Poli does this season for Milan. Not a bad start so far (1 goal/1 assist in 1 start/2 sub appearances).
on the 29th August, 2013 at 3:47pm
De Rossi has suffered through a lack of trophies at Roma but it is so great for there still to be players who can symbolise clubs and who stick with their "home" team through thick and thin. De Rossi is the epitome of this. As is of course Totti. I hope he stays and finishes his career at Roma. This is only good for Serie A.
on the 29th August, 2013 at 3:47pm
Dan Giambrone I completely agree, it is a massive loss to Serie A, i've not seen much of Ljajic but heard good things. I hope the Sakho rumours are true, Roma would have a solid central defensive pairing with Sakho and Benatia. I also like the look of De Rossi, Strootman and Pjanic in the same midfield, great balance and ability.
on the 29th August, 2013 at 2:10pm
The problem is Roma. The club has made terrible choices of late. Enrique and Zeman were idiotic managerial choices. The whole team suffered under these two. And getting rid of Montella also smacked of very poor judgement. If Roma are ever serious about being scudetto contenders (that is what the fans want) then Totti (and I'm a huge fan) has to go. It's not about what he can do with the ball, it's what he can't do without it. Hopefully Garcia can make a differenc
on the 29th August, 2013 at 11:43am
Luca, it is a real shame to see Lamela leave both Roma & Serie A. Ljajic & Lamela could have been a lethal combination. Spurs have got themselves one hell of a player: in many ways I think that he is a better player than Bale.
on the 29th August, 2013 at 8:52am
Daniele continues to define himself despite the press, Zeman's mistakes, and the expectations placed on him by those without a clue of what it means to wear his shoes.
Four years ago he was criticized for his output in the azzurri. Roma was said to be his national team, now he has proved to be one of the core pieces of the azzurri. De Rossi is exactly where he should and wants to be.
Grande Danielino!!! Sempre Forza Roma.
on the 28th August, 2013 at 6:13pm
Roma have put together a strong team this season. It was disappointing to see Lamela leave, but with the funds they received they could bring in a top striker such as leadro Damaio. Ljajic is a good replacement, so with the left over funds from the Lamela sale + the money from Osvaldo a top striker should be the next target
on the 28th August, 2013 at 5:19pm
De Rossi, the roman warior, the best italian player in the last 2 years.
on the 28th August, 2013 at 4:18pm
De Rossi is undoubtedly great.Just happens to be in the wrong team.He deserves so much more considering they don't even value him.But I guess at 30 there's no point in jumping ship.Roma look good and might be the surprise team.On a good day they could beat any team.Hopefully they'll have the consistency they've been lacking in recent years.
on the 28th August, 2013 at 1:44pm
his quality is just undeniable. period! ...what sets him apart from the rest, is the fact that danielle 'bleeds' for the colors and his teammates whether its for the giallorossi, or the azzurri. if anyone would go into battle, danielle de rossi is the guy you want with you by your side!
on the 28th August, 2013 at 1:41pm
Shame that De Rossi wasted so many years at Roma, and with all the probs he's had over the last 2 seasons with the managers you have to feel sorry for him. Zeman was going to get sacked sooner than later.
I really like him in the sweeper role for Italy.
I'm not sure anyone can deputise for Pirlo as i think he is a one off. Players will come in to replace him but the system will change.
on the 28th August, 2013 at 1:28pm
He really was excellent for Italy during the summer, and our leader of the outfield players. What concerns me is that there is no cover for him should he get injured. Pirlo has deputies in Monty & Verratti, whilst Florenzi looks like he will become a better, (& more effective), player than Marchisio, as does Poli. Does anyone know if we have any potential midfield generals coming through the ranks?
on the 28th August, 2013 at 11:45am
Even if he his highly rated by every top coach he will still remain underated... he is that good.
on the 28th August, 2013 at 10:32am

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