Di Francesco sees progress on U.S. trip but Roma still miss key pieces

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman believes his side are closing the gap on Juventus and will make a strong title challenge.

Gab Marcotti sits down with Daniele De Rossi to discuss assuming the Roma captaincy and his aspirations for the season ahead.

Despite losing to Juventus at the ICC, Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco believes his side is making positive progress.

Juventus outlasted Roma in a penalty shootout to earn a victory in their International Champions Cup bout.
The International Champions Cup is a glorified training exercise, good for the brand exposure and market development of football clubs but of dubious benefit to players and coaching staff.
That former Roma and current Inter coach Luciano Spalletti called the tournament “physically exhausting” and said that the most important thing was that “no one got injured” shows how upstairs and downstairs have come to wildly diverging conclusions on what preseason priorities should be.
You can’t help but wonder…

The original version of this story which was published by ESPN can be viewed here.

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