Sunday December 1 2019
Pellegrini: 'Roma different to other years'

Lorenzo Pellegrini hopes to add some goals to his many assists soon and described what Roma have now that “was missing in other years.”

The Giallorossi earned a 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona at the Stadio Bentegodi, with Justin Kluivert opening the scoring on a Pellegrini assist.

“I saw Justin making the run and we’d prepared that kind of pass in training. Justin did very well to score from that angle,” Pellegrini told Roma TV.

“I congratulate Verona, because they are well-organised and play with intensity. They caused us a lot of problems, but we did well to win the game.

“Verona’s pressing is man for man, they really are aggressive, so we had to adjust our style a little. The most important thing about this squad now is that we give our all for each other. Perhaps that was missing in other years.

“Personally, giving assists is marvellous, but I’d be happy to score a goal too every now and then. I had the chance today, but hit it too hard into the ground. I hope to break that duck soon.”

Pellegrini had a slightly more advanced role in the 4-2-3-1 formation this evening, closer to centre-forward Edin Dzeko.

“We worked on that with the coach, these through balls so we could attack the space, but he also tells me to move all around the midfield to give my teammates passing options.

“I prefer to cut in from the right, but the coach gives me quite a lot of tactical freedom.”

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