Claudio Ranieri, the Premier League winner with Leicester City, believes Roma have made waves in this transfer window with signings. It is also believed that Juventus have struck great deals with the joining of Angel Di Maria, Paul Pogba and Philip Kostik, among others.
The veteran tactician spoke to Gazzetta dello sport (Across Gelurosa’s voice) in an exclusive interview, to highlight the highly anticipated addition of Andrea Belotti.
You did a good job hunting down the free agents. There are accounts to balance and you can’t take any risks. Roma and even Juventus have done great transfers. Thiago Pinto only spent 7 million euros for Zeki Celik, but he brought back many champions anyway. Too bad for Jorginho Wijnaldum’s injury, but Maddy Camara is on his way. Not to mention Belotti, a player who can please the fans.”
Well praised rooster.
“He runs behind the ball, presses opponents and fights for every ball. That’s what people want from their favourite.”
When asked about all the top teams he’s coached in his career, Ranieri added three more names to watch out for the Serie A season.
“I know these environments and the passion of their supporters. But also watch out for Lazio, who started well as Atalanta, which is rapidly re-establishing themselves, as well as Turin. Obviously, as the days go by, the table will form, but the battle for the championship is open to many.”
Finally, he made comparisons between Jose Mourinho’s Roma and his first Chelsea team.
“Don’t pay attention to the standings, because they make a good team. It reminds me of my first game with Chelsea. We built the team up to the championship level with Roman Abramovich during the current season. It took a while to settle down, but in the end we finished second in the league behind Arsenal and got to semi-finals in Europe.
Roma saw the start of their campaign unbeaten in the new season, winning two matches and drawing one of their three matches so far.