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Tuesday May 30 2017
Eusebio right for Roma?

Sassuolo Coach Eusebio Di Francesco is tipped for the Roma job, so Edo Dalmonte wonders if he can take them to the next level. 

As the tears over Francesco Totti’s departure gradually dry (spoiler: they never will), Roma fans are left to think about next season, and the leading candidate to replace the departing Luciano Spalletti on the bench.

Having taken Sassuolo from the Serie B to the Europa League, it is high time that Eusebio Di Francesco gets to run a prestigious team. Will he be a success in the mould of Maurizio Sarri in Naples, a spectacular but unsuccessful performer like mentor Zdenek Zeman, or just another Luis Enrique?

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Wednesday May 24 2017
Luis Enrique: ‘Totti a world legend’

Former Roma Coach Luis Enrique declares Francesco Totti is “a legend for all the world”.

The Giallorossi captain will play his last match for the club this weekend, having joined the youth set-up in 1989 and playing for them ever since.

“It’s not just Roma,” Luis Enrique, who will leave Barcelona after this season, told Mundo Deportivo.

“Totti is a legend for all the world.”

The 40-year-old has made 785 appearances for the Lupi, scoring 307 goals and winning the Scudetto in 2001.

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Sunday May 14 2017
De Rossi: 'To win as Roma Coach...'

Daniele De Rossi would love to succeed “as a Coach after winning nothing with Roma as a player. I don’t feel a winner, but not a failure or a loser either.”

The midfielder turns 34 this summer and his thoughts are inevitably turning to the future. You can read the rest of the interview here.

“Being a Coach is the best job in football, but also the worst and certainly the toughest,” De Rossi told Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday May 11 2017
Pochettino or Luis Enrique for Inter?

Inter are ready to offer Mauricio Pochettino double his current Tottenham Hotspur wages, while Luis Enrique is another name mentioned.

The Nerazzurri sacked Coach Stefano Pioli on Tuesday evening, handing the reins to Stefano Vecchi for the last three rounds of the season.

Antonio Conte is the first choice, though Chelsea do not want to let him go, followed by Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid and Roma’s Luciano Spalletti.

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Thursday May 11 2017
Simoni: 'Inter disrespected Pioli'

Former Inter Coach Gigi Simoni believes sacking Stefano Pioli showed “a lack of respect and had nothing to do with the football aspect.”

Pioli only took charge in November after Frank de Boer was dismissed, but was fired on Tuesday.

Primavera youth team boss Stefano Vecchi will take over for the remaining three rounds of the season.

“It doesn’t seem like a good idea at all. Kicking out a Coach with three games left shows a lack of respect,” Simoni told reporters.

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Saturday May 6 2017
Empty Spalletti legacy

As Luciano Spalletti nears the end of his contract, Andrea Tallarita looks at how the Romans will remember his second spell.

Back in December last year, when Luciano Spalletti first announced that a failure to win trophies might lead him to leave Roma at the end of the season, there was widespread outrage among the fans.

The response seemed understandable. This was, after all, the Coach who had finally given the Wolves a semblance of stability after the shambling projects of Luis Enrique, Zdenek Zeman and Rudi Garcia. The club had to lock him down – said the Romanisti – right there, and right then.

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Wednesday April 19 2017
Luis Enrique won't tip Juve triumph

Luis Enrique said Barcelona “lacked sharpness,” but doesn’t see Juventus as Champions League favourites now.

The Bianconeri won 3-0 in Turin and held out for a relatively comfortable goalless draw at Camp Nou, making this the first European home fixture that Barca failed to win or score in under Lucho’s tenure.

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Wednesday April 19 2017
Tactics talk: Barcelona-Juventus

Barcelona-Juventus is expected to be 3-4-3 versus 4-2-3-1, as Max Allegri sticks with the team he played in Turin.

The Bianconeri hold a 3-0 lead from the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final, but Barça overturned a 4-0 deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round.

It appears that Allegri will look to score at Camp Nou tonight, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that the 4-2-3-1 will remain, with Gonzalo Higuain supported by Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic.

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Wednesday April 19 2017
Mascherano fit to face Juve

Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique has selected Javier Mascherano for the squad to face Juventus this evening.

There were initial fears that the 32-year-old would miss the match after missing training with a calf injury, but he now appears to have recovered.

French defender Jeremy Mathieu makes way, after being heavily criticised for his performance in the Blaugrana’s 3-0 defeat at Juventus stadium.

The full squad list is as follows:

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Tuesday April 18 2017
Enrique: ‘Nothing to lose’

Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique says the 3-0 first leg defeat to Juventus “frees us of all pressure”.

The first leg of the Champions League Quarter-Final tie resulted in a crushing win for the Italians, but the former Roma boss believes that takes all the pressure of his players tomorrow.

“We’re starting from the idea that this is an elimination,” Enrique pointed out in his pre-match Press conference.

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