Luciano Spalletti addresses press on his contract with Roma
AS Roma secured a victory in the second leg of the Europa League's round of 16 stage, but were knocked out of the tournament by Olympique Lyonnais on aggregate. Roma bounced back to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Sassuolo in the 29th gameweek of the Serie A. Mohamed Salah, Lenadro Paredes and the league's second highest goal-scorer Edin Dzeko all managed to get on the scoresheet, after Sassuolo gained an early lead in the 9th minute. After the match, Roma manager Luciano Spalletti was interrogated by the press on the matter of Spalletti's contract, which is set to end at the end of the season. As quoted by Football Italia, Spalletti told the reporters:
“Everything is clear and everyone can see it. Roma have a strong squad, we had to pull something back out of them and evidently it was a difficult moment, otherwise I wouldn’t have been called in. After that, you need to be ambitious, try to improve and get the results required to then sign players. Then the club has to evaluate things. For example, if we had not won today, we would be in third place with Napoli and Juventus on great form.”
Spalletti also made it evident that he is not satisfied with Roma's current position in the league. Despite being 2nd on the table, Roma are 8 points behind Juventus. Unless Juventus hit a patch of poor results, it looks unlikely for Roma to move up the table. He said:
“In my view, second place is a position where a team has not failed, but you don’t win anything, zero titles, so the situation remains the same. As Jose Mourinho said, zero titles.”
Regarding his future at the club, the Italian manager had this to say.
“As I have always said, my future depends on getting the team to aim higher and that is what the club asked me too. I always heard the same things: this side has everything it takes to win. You give the car to the driver, then if you veer off track, that makes everything more difficult.”
Spalletti has managed to win two Coppa Italias, and one Supercoppa Italiana in his two stints as Roma manager. Spalletti has an impressive 64.62% win rate since joining Roma in January 2016. Despite making improvements to the team, there is some pressure on him to win major titles.