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December 3rd, 2016

The Egyptian has formed the most prolific partnership in Europe with Edin Dzeko, meaning the winger’s absence is a major blow for the Giallorossi


Thomas Vermaelen has a long, sad history of injuries. The brittle Belgian has always been the unfortunate victim.

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That changed, though, during a training session at Trigoria on Wednesday, when a strong challenge by the centre-half left his Roma team-mate Mohamed Salah writhing on the ground in agony. Vermaelen immediately offered his sincerest apologies but they were of little comfort to Salah – or indeed Roma coach Luciano Spaletti.

The winger’s injury could not come at a worse time for the Giallorossi, who will face city rivals Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday in the most eagerly awaited and evenly balanced Rome derby for many years. True, there has been little to choose between them at various points during the past decade but not since the 2000-01 campaign have both looked simultaneously strong enough to at least challenge for the Scudetto. Back then, it was Roma who dethroned Lazio as the champions of Italy.

The Giallorossi presently occupy second place in the Serie A standings, four points behind Juventus but, crucially, just one clear of Lazio, who have been transformed under new coach Simone Inzaghi. The Biaconcelesti were utter disarray when their former striker returned to the Stadio Olimpico, with the club having been publicly humiliated by Marcelo Bielsa resigning as coach just two days after accepting the job.

The Argentine explained that he had been promised four players would be signed by July 5 yet not one arrived. Lazio fans took to the streets to express their disgust with club president Claudio Lotito. Yet, six months on, the supporters are smiling again, with Inzaghi, who had only been brought in a temporary basis last season, having overseen a remarkable revival of the capital club.

As well as solidifying a defence that shipped 52 goals last season (more than any other top-10 finisher), Inzaghi has reinvigorated Ciro Immobile, restored Felipe Anderson’s confidence and reintegrated Keita into his squad after it initially seemed certain that the young forward had played his final game for the club after a very public dispute over the severity of an injury sustained in pre-season.

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However, while Lazio’s attackers have received plenty of plaudits, it is Roma’s forward line that has been the toast of Serie A so far this season – and rightly so. At the moment, there is no prolific duo across Europe’s top leagues than Salah and Edin Dzeko.

The pair have scored 20 Serie A goals and created a further nine between them. To put that in context, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez’s combined Liga tally for Barcelona is 17 goals, while Ronaldo and Bale have contributed 15 goals to Real Madrid’s title charge.

Elsewhere, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have been rightly earning raving reviews in the Premier League but even the Chelsea duo’s impressive numbers (17 goals and 5 assists) do not compare to those of Salah and Dzeko, which is why the Egyptian’s injury setback is such a blow for Roma.

Discarded by Chelsea after just 19 appearances in all competitions, Salah reignited his career during a loan spell at Fiorentina before moving to another level at Roma, as underlined by the fact that no player has created more chances in Serie A this season (44) than the 24-year-old.

Dzeko has been the principal beneficiary for Salah’s creativity, with the Bosnian currently in the form of his life. Never before had the former Manchester City man netted 12 times in the opening 14 rounds of the season. In total, he has 17 goals and 5 assists across Serie A and the Europa League.

Of course, this is made all the more remarkable by the shocking nature of Dzeko’s performances last season, when each week he seemed intent on coming up with new and surprising ways of missing open goals. Spalletti believes that Dzeko simply struggled with the constant comparisons with Roma captain Francesco Totti, given the Sarajevo striker had effectively been signed to succeed the emperor of Rome.

“It’s difficult for anyone to fight for a place with Totti and be clearly compared with him,” he explained. “The crowd are a little more understanding of him now because he made the first move.

“Edin’s first move was to tell me: ‘Boss, I want to stay at Roma, I want to show my value.’ That was the answer I wanted to hear.

“I didn’t help him last year, because there was one time where I subbed him off for [Francesco] Totti when he wasn’t doing well. He came off to whistles from the stadium, while Francesco came on with all the stadium cheering. That was a major mistake on my part, I later realised.

“[Midfielder] Daniele De Rossi was criticised for it but he told the fans to stand by Dzeko, which helped Edin feel more at home here. He’s a total footballer and is now taking on the responsibility of being a star at Roma.”

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However, he wouldn’t be shining so brightly if it weren’t for Salah and while Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane might be sweating over how best to cope without the injured Bale in Saturday’s Clasico against Barcelona, Spalletti has an even more unenviable task in trying to somehow come up with a way of taking down Lazio without one half of the deadliest duo in Europe.

“It is difficult for other players to replicate the runs he makes,” the Giallorossi boss conceded. “He’s so fast that sometimes he makes mistakes but, at the end of the day, at the end of those runs, he’s always ahead of his opponent.”

Shorn of Salah’s pace, Roma will thus be relying on Dzeko’s predatory instincts more than usual. After netting twice against Pescara last weekend, the striker stated, “It was good but I always like to do even better.” Against in-form Lazio, he will most certainly have to.

Spalletti: Roma's kitman is better than Pjanic

November 21st, 2016

The midfielder left Juventus for Roma in the summer, and while the latter side’s coach does not have any hard feelings about the move, he does not miss him

Roma head coach Luciano Spalletti rates his club’s kitman as a better player than Miralem Pjanic as a result of the Bosnia-Herzegovina star’s move to Juventus.

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Pjanic spent five years at Roma after joining from Lyon and played around 185 games for the Italian club. He left to join the Serie A champions during the close season for a reported €32 million and has turned in some impressive displays, chalking up four goals in 13 appearances across all competitions.

The capital club are Juve’s closest challengers for the Scudetto at this stage, although they sit seven points behind them following Sunday’s loss at Atalanta.

Spalletti claims his loyalty to Roma must override any admiration he still retains for the stylish playmaker, though he insists he is not angry at him for making the switch to Turin.

“My whole team is better than Pjanic,” he said, as quoted by Bosnian newspaper Oslobodjenje.

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“At this moment, everyone is better than him, including our kitman.

“I am not angry at him, but I am Roma’s coach and every player that is at Roma I find better than him.

“Pjanic is top player, a champion, but he is with a different team now and, for me, my players are the best in the world.”

One of the players to draw rich praise from Spalletti was Pjanic’s compatriot Edin Dzeko, who has put a difficult first season with Roma behind him to stand level with Inter’s Mauro Icardi and Torino’s Andrea Belotti as Serie A’s top scorer with 10 in 13 matches this time around.

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“If one coach could make prototype of a striker on computer, he would have made Edin,” Spalletti added.

“He is prototype of a perfect striker, considering how tall he is, aggressive and with good technique.

“The only thing he needs to improve is he has to be more deadly in front of goal.”

'I got a red card for no reason' – Dzeko bemused by Greece dismissal

November 14th, 2016

The Bosnia-Herzegovina striker received his marching orders after pulling down the shorts of Sokratis Papastathopoulos in his side’s World Cup qualifier on Sunday

Bosnia-Herzegovina striker Edin Dzeko was stunned by his red card against Greece, insisting it was for “no reason”.

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Dzeko and Kyriakos Papadopoulos saw red in the 79th minute, the former receiving a second yellow after pulling down the shorts of Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The World Cup qualifier in Piraeus on Sunday finished in a 1-1 draw after Georgios Tzavellas netted a late equaliser, cancelling out Miralem Pjanic’s first-half opener.

Dzeko was left unhappy with his sending off, saying: “I got a red card for no reason, I don’t know why.

“The referee says I started the whole thing, but I was the only one ending on the floor, so how could I have started it?”

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Dzeko insisted his team deserved more out of the clash, which left them third in Group H – three points behind Greece.

“I feel like losing 3-0. Greece didn’t deserve this point,” he added.

“They didn’t even deserve a 1-0 loss, they deserved to lose 4-0.”

Bosnia coach Mehmed Bazdarevic slammed referee Jonas Eriksson for Dzeko’s dismissal and Greece for their approach.

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“We deserved to win but lost two points after falling for their provocations,” he said.

“The referee should be ashamed of himself. His criteria prevented us from being more aggressive.

“And we conceded a goal because of the red mistake. I hope we will host Greeks in a sports way, not like they have hosted us.”

Dzeko sent off… for pulling down opponent's shorts!

November 13th, 2016

The Roma forward was caught up in a truly bizarre incident with Greece’s centre-back during the Group H encounter, ending in him being given his marching orders


Edin Dzeko was caught up in a moment of madness during Bosnia’s 1-1 draw with Greece on Sunday as he was sent off for pulling down Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ shorts.

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In a bid to waste time, the former Manchester City striker tried to hold onto the ball when brought to ground only to have the ball wrestled from him by Papadopoulos.

Clearly incensed, Dzeko reacted bizarrely by pulling down the defender’s shorts. As if that wasn’t bad enough though, the 30-year-old then proceeded to push Papadopoulos to the floor with his shorts still at his knees!

Dzeko received a second yellow card for his part in the rather unusual incident and Papadopoulos was also shown a red card for his involvement in the tussle.

To make matters worse for the Roma forward, Giorgos Tzavellas grabbed a last minute equaliser for Greece in the World Cup qualifying Group H encounter.

'David Silva the best player I've played with' – Dzeko

November 10th, 2016

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international singled out the former Valencia man for his amazing technique and opted for him ahead of the likes of Sergio Aguero and Francesco Totti

Roma striker Edin Dzeko has selected former Manchester City team-mate David Silva as the best player he has ever shared a dressing room with.

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Dzeko has played alongside some of the world’s finest players during his time at Wolfsburg, City and Roma as well as on the international stage with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

And despite having shared the pitch with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Francesco Totti and Miralem Pjanic, the forward picked out Spain international Silva for special praise.

“This is a difficult choice as I’ve played with so many great players,” Dzeko told Roma’s official website.

“I think I would have to go with David Silva, he does amazing things with the ball and they don’t call him the Little Magician for nothing.

“This guy was brilliant with his feet, he could take any ball you gave him, control it, and pass it on.

“All of us were always amazed by his ability and technique. He is definitely the best I’ve played with.”

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