RomaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 DallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ara in Bologna.
And Serie AÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s youngest coach, who took charge of first-team affairs on Monday after Claudio Ranieri resigned in the wake of RomaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 4-3 defeat to Genoa, watched his side end their losing streak thanks to De RossiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 45th-minute winner.
Speaking after the match, De Rossi admitted MontellaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s arrival had given the side a much-needed boost, with WednesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s win highlighting a return of the battling qualities which appeared to have deserted Roma in recent weeks.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“To talk about what Vincent has changed is risky, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been just two days since his arrival,Ã¢â‚¬Â said De Rossi after WednesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s victory Ã¢â‚¬Å“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: “ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a formation that we have already implemented in the past – it was not a problem going back to using it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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.”
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