Vincenzo Montella gets off to winning start as Roma boss
Skipper Daniel de Rossi scores 45th minute goal to seal 1-0 victory over Bologna and end losing streak
Vincenzo Montella made a winning start to his reign as Roma boss after captain Daniel de Rossi scored the winner in a narrow 1-0 victory over Bologna to move them up to sixth in Serie A.
Roma’s new 36-year-old caretaker manager had spoken of his determination to inject new life into Roma during the build-up to Wednesday’s difficult trip to the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna.
And Serie A’s youngest coach, who took charge of first-team affairs on Monday after Claudio Ranieri resigned in the wake of Roma’s 4-3 defeat to Genoa, watched his side end their losing streak thanks to De Rossi’s 45th-minute winner.
Speaking after the match, De Rossi admitted Montella’s arrival had given the side a much-needed boost, with Wednesday’s win highlighting a return of the battling qualities which appeared to have deserted Roma in recent weeks.
“To talk about what Vincent has changed is risky, it’s been just two days since his arrival,” said De Rossi after Wednesday’s victory “But I can say that, knowing him already as a player, he has the desire.”
De Rossi also believes the return to a 4-2-3-1 formation was a decisive factor in sealing their first victory in four games.
He added: “It’s a formation that we have already implemented in the past – it was not a problem going back to using it.”
Meanwhile, Montella insists he is not merely keeping the hotseat warm following rumours linking Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti with the Roma post.
“I don’t feel like a stop-gap,” he said. “At the same time I don’t worry about the rumours or the coaches that are talked about.
“I’m not bothered that people are talking about Ancelotti, who is someone I have a lot of respect for. My goal is just to do well from now until the end of the season.”