Claudio Ranieri: A Roman hero for Roma’s salvation

Rome born, former player and Ex-coach of AS Roma, Claudio Ranieri agreed Friday to return to the head of the club giallorosso to try to snatch a qualification for the Champions League and save a season more than wobbly.

“Results are important, of course, but what interests me first and foremost is that for 90 minutes the players give everything they have.”

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Eusebio Di Francesco did not resist Porto’s elimination in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 and was dismissed on Thursday. Friday in the early afternoon, Roma also announced the departure of its Spanish sports director Monchi.

A great sweep, therefore, leaving the house giallorossa in the hands of Romans “pure juice”, all born in the Italian capital, from captain Daniele De Rossi to coach Ranieri through the legend of the club Francesco Totti, now leader, who himself called his former coach to convince him to come and lend a hand.

On the Twitter account of AS Roma, it is also alongside Totti and De Rossi poses, all smiles, the former coach of Inter Milan, Chelsea, Monaco or Atletico Madrid.

“I’m happy to be back home when Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no,” said Ranieri, who had already held the position between 2009 and 2011 (with a second place in the league at the key), and also very briefly worn the colors of the club at the beginning of his playing career in 1973.

Ranieri’s short-lived Fulham stint wasn’t successful [Courtesy]

Ranieri’s mission is short until the end of June. And while the Roma are eliminated from the C1 and the Italian Cup – after a very heavy 7-1 defeat against Fiorentina – its goal is simple: to win at least one place in the rankings to go from fifth to last. one of the first four, who send in the Champions League.

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“Claudio is not only a tifoso of Roma, born and raised in the capital, it is also one of the most expert coaches in the world of football,” said Totti, quoted in the statement of his club.

– “Short memory” –

Now 67 years old, the former testaccio kid, a popular neighbourhood in the heart of Rome, has indeed known everything. The former coach of Nantes (2017-2018) coached in five different countries (Italy, Spain, England, France and Greece), often finished second, which has long earned him a label of friendly loser, and finally got the most unexpected triumphs by winning the English Championship in 2016 with Leicester.

He won the Premier League with Leicester City FC [Courtesy]

The Roman solution will perhaps be enough to offer the club giallorosso the qualification for the Champions League whose finances are absolutely necessary.

But even if Ranieri succeeded, this new revolution reinforces the image of an unmanageable club that sticks to Roma. Since the arrival of the American James Pallotta at the head of the club in 2012, Roma has already consumed seven coaches.

Last season, Roma had indeed reached the last four of the Champions League after an incredible turnaround against Barcelona (1-4 / 3-0).

This April evening against Barça will remain the highlight of the passage of Di Francesco on the Roman bench. The current season was much more complicated, with the coach never finding the right formula, nor helped by an incredible avalanche of injuries.

Ranieri has 12 matches to restore order in “his” house. The operation Champions League begins Monday against Empoli, Stadio Olimpico.

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