Di Francesco: Roma will improve more

New AS Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco admitted that the club has improved since his time there as a player, but feels that even more can be done in that regard.

The former midfielder, who played 101 Serie A matches for the Rome club between 1997 and 2001, was announced as Luciano Spalletti’s replacement in June and spoke with reporters about what he has in mind for the club.

“A great deal has changed since I was last here, certainly for the better, and I hope to improve them even more,” the 46-year old told Roma TV.

“We are a work in progress and must integrate the squad as well as possible, understanding the needs that emerge from this training camp.

“I know this region well and we hope to make the most of this week. Perhaps a few youngsters we know here in pre-season could remain with the senior squad.”

When asked about the squad’s upcoming pre-season trip to the Unired States, the relatively inexperienced manager acknowledged that he has never before been part of such a comprehensive preparation campaign.

“It is a first for me,” he said. “We coaches always complain about this, and I understand why, as the possibility of not working consistently affects growth, but I will adapt to these needs. As football has changed, we need to make the most of our time together.

“We must help fuel the enthusiasm of the fans with the right attitude, even in training sessions. That’s also why we immediately had a game between ranks – the people came to see us, why not give them what they want? Everybody loves to watch football.

“I’ve been a player and I remember with some Coaches you didn’t see the ball for a while in the summer… It’s pleasing to play straight away. There will be time to work on fitness levels specifically, but it’s better to share experiences first.”