Spalletti: ‘Roma serious about Scudetto’

Luciano Spalletti assures Roma are “serious about” their Scudetto challenge to Juventus as they host Cagliari.

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“Only Alessandro Florenzi is unavailable at the moment,” said the Coach at the start of his Press conference.

The gap at the top of the table is just one point, even if Juventus have a game in hand, and the Giallorossi seem to have fixed their defensive issues.

Luciano Spalletti assures Roma are “serious about” their Scudetto challenge to Juventus as they host Cagliari.

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“Only Alessandro Florenzi is unavailable at the moment,” said the Coach at the start of his Press conference.

The gap at the top of the table is just one point, even if Juventus have a game in hand, and the Giallorossi seem to have fixed their defensive issues.

“I don’t think I’ve done anything really, it’s the team that deserves credit for being serious professionals. They have to realise when there are important moments in their careers and right now playing for Roma is an important moment.

“Are Roma’s Scudetto hopes possible this season? I will just say I get the sensation we are serious about this, our players are serious and the fans have realised we are serious.

“There’s this atmosphere you breathe in when you exit the training ground, it’s confirmed by the number of fans who attended the Sampdoria game (in the Coppa Italia on Thursday).

“We feel this wind lifting us up and we don’t know where it can take us, but it means we have to do everything for Roma. This is a serious team that is doing things for real.”

Roma would’ve been even closer had they not fumbled a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 away to Cagliari. Is that the biggest regret of the season so far?

“There were moments and results we could’ve improved. Nobody is perfect…but we want to prove to Cagliari that we’re not the same side they drew with 2-2,” replied Spalletti.

“Cagliari are in good shape, because they beat Genoa 4-1 and forced Milan to win in the final minute. Massimo Rastelli is an emerging Coach who makes the team move well, they are aggressive and fast, which caused us problems before. But we want to prove that we’ve grown since then.

“Looking back at that game, we deserved to draw and probably learned some lessons from it.”

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