SASSUOLO NEWS

Andrea Pirlo is impressed with the “quality generation” of Italy players coming through, including Marco Verratti, but “Gigi Buffon is still the best.”
Italy’s Under-21 side earned a confident 2-1 friendly victory away to the European Championship hosts Poland, even though Alberto Cerri missed a penalty.
President Giorgio Squinzi wants Domenico Berardi to “become a symbol of Sassuolo” but “if someone comes in with €50m…”
Sassuolo President Giorgio Squinzi calls talk of an auction for Domenico Berardi “journalistic fantasies”.
Sassuolo director general Giovanni Carnevali says €40m would be “an appropriate figure” for Domenico Berardi.
Gregoire Defrel’s agent admits talks with Roma “sank” in January but will not rule out a second round of negotiations in the summer.
Luciano Spalletti expressed increasing frustration with reporters asking about his Roma future. “If it’s easier, I won’t go to Press conferences.”
Roma President Jim Pallotta praised Coach Luciano Spalletti after beating Sassuolo, but for the future “a lot of it is up to him. I’d love him to stay.”
Eusebio Di Francesco insists Sassuolo “deserved to be leading at half-time” rather than trailing, as they eventually lost 3-1 to Roma.
Kevin Strootman feels Roma “confirmed just how strong a team we are” by sweeping Sassuolo aside 3-1 after at first going behind.
Gregoire Defrel had given Sassuolo the lead, but Roma turned it around with Leandro Paredes, Mohamed Salah and Edin Dzeko.
Roma director Mauro Baldissoni shrugged off questions about Luciano Spalletti’s future and insists it’s “laughable” to suggest any Coach dictates transfer policy.
Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali hinted they would be prepared to let Eusebio Di Francesco and some players go, but “we have a project.”
Alfred Duncan and Leandro Paredes look forward to tonight’s Serie A showdown between Roma and Sassuolo.
Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s eight Serie A games, from Empoli-Napoli through Sampdoria-Juventus and Cagliari-Lazio to Roma-Sassuolo.
The pressure is piling on Roma after their Europa League exit and they revamp against Gregoire Defrel and Domenico Berardi’s Sassuolo.
Eusebio Di Francesco hints Sassuolo will let him leave if a big club comes in and he is “honoured” to be linked with the Roma job.
Roberto Gagliardini, Leonardo Spinazzola, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Manolo Gabbiadini get Italy calls to face Albania and Holland.
Luciano Spalletti insists Roma “had the performance I wanted to see” against Lyon and must remember that when hosting Sassuolo.
Eusebio Di Francesco criticised Sassuolo players for their mentality and lack of determination, but has more injury woes against Roma.