Sunday September 15 2019
De Zerbi: 'Attack like Roma'

Sassuolo Coach Roberto De Zerbi shares Roma boss Paulo Fonseca’s attacking philosophy. “If you play this type of football, you accept the risks that go with it.”

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“Roma have a clear identity and strong players, but we are going to the Stadio Olimpico in order to play our football and take the initiative. I think we can expect an entertaining game,” said De Zerbi in his Press conference.

The former Benevento boss has been compared to new Roma Coach Fonseca, as they share a philosophy of the sport.

“I like the way he has so many men going forward, building out from the back, and in my own small way that is also what I have always proposed too.

“Inevitably, that does leave some weaknesses in defence, but if you want to play a certain type of football, you must accept the risks that go with it. You can’t be a hybrid, you must decide what you want to be. It’d be great to win every game 4-0, but you can’t always do that.

“Roma have the quality in their squad to be considered a great side. We might get trapped chasing their passing at times, just as we have done that to other teams and may well do it to them too. We’re certainly not going there just to be sparring partners.”

Sassuolo picked up Vlad Chiriches from Napoli and Gregoire Defrel from Roma on deadline day, but both could be given their debuts from the start.

“They are very strong players and I genuinely believe we’ve strengthened a great deal over the summer. Defrel will try to move a little closer to Ciccio Caputo rather than be out wide on the left. He can’t go on the right, as Domenico Berardi is there.

“Chiriches is the right player for us, as he brings experience and quality to the defence. It’s even possible to adapt with a three-man defence.”

Sassuolo squad for Roma: Consigli, Pegolo, Russo; Chiriches, Ferrari, Kyriakopoulos, Marlon, Muldur, Peluso, Romagna, Toljan, Tripaldelli; Duncan, Ghion, Locatelli, Mazzitelli, Obiang, Traoré; Berardi, Boga, Caputo, Defrel, Raspadori

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