Roma's Claudio Ranieri faced the media on Friday afternoon, to preview the season-closing home match against Parma on Sunday.
Sunday is the last match of the season and the last time Daniele De Rossi will play for Roma: “I hope it’s the atmosphere that Daniele deserves – that’s the only thing I hope for. I want to see the stadium overflowing with love. It has to be a celebration of everything Daniele has given to Roma and the way he’s given it. I expect a positive celebration for him, 100%.”
“He’ll start and he’ll be wearing his captain’s armband. He deserves a standing ovation from the whole Olimpico. It has to be a celebration and he needs to produce a great performance. If that’s what I want, just imagine how much he wants it.”
“He’s able to convey his passion for the shirt he wears, whether that’s Italy or Roma. He always expresses his desire to do well and gives maximum commitment. That doesn’t mean that he always plays well, but it does mean that he always tries to give 100%. He’s also a positive influence in the dressing room and for the team. He has quality and great character and in the tough times his team-mates turn to him for support.”
About the team: “I think the team has shown that it has picked itself up and shown desire to be compact and fight for its objective. If we don’t achieve it we’ll congratulate our opponents, but we have to give everything right until the end – because we’re professionals and because we like playing."
About his future: "The first time I went abroad I felt like a European coach. I’ll go wherever I find a project that intrigues me.”
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