Gianluca Mancini has insisted Roma’s crippling injury problems “don’t affect us players” and that training remains as intensive as ever.
Roma face Borussia Monchengladback in the Europa League tomorrow without eight first-team players, but Mancini is keeping upbeat about the situation.
“We’re growing and I’m happy to work with the Coach,” he said at a Press conference.
“The injuries don’t affect us players. We’ve had an unlucky number of them because they come from clashes, which are part of football. We hope they recover quickly.
“I’m not afraid of getting injured. I say this from my own experience, but I also speak for my teammates.
“Even during training, we have good clashes and play freely. Then, if there’s bad luck, we can’t do anything about it. We hope things get better.”
The Italy international played in a back three under Gian Piero Gasperini at Atalanta, so has adapting to a four-man defence been a learning curve?
“In a back three, I learned certain concepts and here I am learning other concepts to play in a four.
“The important thing for the players is to give their best, put in all the effort and try to win.
“At the start, we rotated a lot, the Coach was new and told us concepts we weren’t used to. Then through watching videos and training we improved, but the defensive phase isn’t only the four defenders. It includes the whole team, as well as the forwards.
“Gasperini’s game is unusual. It’s played man to man and there are very precise moves forward.
“With Fonseca, I’ve learned to mark zonally and he also wants aggression. In my opinion, I’ve improved by not playing just man to man.
“I don’t feel any pain. I’ve always liked to talk on the pitch, I can’t keep quiet.
“The Coach also helps me in this regard and made me understand that a defender must speak up because he has the best view of the pitch.”
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