Wednesday September 11 2013
Spalletti: 'Roma critics blamed me'

Zenit boss Luciano Spalletti blasted the “snipers” who blamed him for Roma’s shortcomings. “Nobody knows them in Europe now.”

He was in charge of the Giallorossi from 2005 to 2009, but since his departure there have been a series of tacticians with limited success.

“Nobody knows Roma in Europe now,” declared Spalletti. “They used to say I was the one holding back their growth.

“After four years I have been to other European cities and no longer heard anything about Roma. This disappoints me a great deal.

“I had in a way hoped the snipers were right when they thought I was the one limiting the growth of the team, but it seems they got the wrong target.

“In St Petersburg I feel respected by an entire city, both as a sportsman and as a man. They helped me to work in the best possible circumstances, even during difficult moments, as the city, the fans and the club supported me.

“This is fundamental for me. I might be wrong, but I do everything with sentiment.”

Spalletti’s success at Zenit has made him one of the candidates to replace Cesare Prandelli on the Italy bench after the World Cup.