AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti hails overdue victory

AS Roma 3-1 Frosinone

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Roma coach Luciano Spalletti described his players as feeling liberated following their overdue 3-1 victory against Frosinone on Saturday.

Goals from debutant Stephan El Shaarawy, Radja Nainggolan and Miralem Pjanic helped the Giallorossi secure only their second victory in 13 matches, and first since Spalletti returned to the club in mid January.

The triumph also helped the Rome based team consolidate their fifth place position in the Serie A standings, and the 56-year-old, who is enjoying his second spell in charge of the club, described the success as like a liberation for his players.

He said: “It was like a liberation. That shows you our mental state. When it comes to playing a match sometimes the lads find it hard to reproduce things that they’re perfectly capable of doing.”

One area of concern for Roma however is the continued struggles of striker Edin Dzeko, as the Bosnia and Herzegovina international has not scored a goal in any competition since November 24.

Spalletti however refused to be too critical of the former Manchester City player, and instead admitted that the striker needs better service from the rest of the team.

He continued: “We need to give him more service and better service but he needs to help himself too by showing better movement in certain situations.”

Roma will be hoping to build on Saturday’s victory when they take on Sassuolo in Serie A on Tuesday.

The Giallorossi are available at 2.25 to secure all three points at the Mapei Stadium, whilst the hosts are on offer at 3.10 and the draw is priced at 3.25.

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