di Andrea Rosselli
Last training session for Toro before Wednesday’s home match against Roma: coach Alberto Zaccheroni still has to make the final decisions regarding the starting lineup that will face the Giallorossi, as three regulars will be surely sidelined (injured De Ascentis and the suspended defensive duo Cioffi-Di Loreto), while Christian Abbiati has the flu. The former Milan goalkeeper, however, should manage to recover, while Brevi and Pancaro are expected to complete the defensive line alongside Franceschini and Barone will replace De Ascentis after having served his one-round ban.
"We have a very difficult schedule in front of us" Zac said today, "as we’ll face Roma and Inter at home and Livorno away. Against Spalletti’s men we must play with a huge tactical accuracy, keeping the right distances and trying to exploit their weak points. Sure, in order to collect a positive result we simply have to give our best and maybe hope that some of their champions will take a day off. I won’t jeopardize the team’s balance with a man-on-man defence on Totti, and I’ll ask my players to be very careful from the starting whistle, just like we did in the last matches: Roma run fast and have superb technical qualities, but on the other hand they are vulnerable on fly balls. Hopefully we’ll manage to take profit of that".
As for Roma, the Giallorossi have plenty of problems as well: apart from long-term sidelined Aquilani, Ferrari and Vucinic, coach Spalletti will surely miss a couple of influential regulars like Panucci (suspended) and Perrotta (injured), while Romanian defender Chivu is doubtful with a muscular problem. Most likely, the guests will play with a 4-2-3-1 lineup: in front of Doni, the defensive line should be formed by Cassetti, Mexes, Chivu (or Brazilian Defendi) and Tonetto, with De Rossi and Pizarro in the middle, Rosi and Mancini on the wings and Taddei supporting Totti upfront.