Spalletti focuses on spirit
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
New Roma coach Luciano Spalletti is keen to build a positive team spirit.New Roma coach Luciano Spalletti believes that fostering a vibrant team spirit will prove key to rejuvenating the fortunes of the capital club.
The Giallorossi endured a desperate season as they finished just three points shy of the relegation zone in Serie A, and went through four different managers in the form of Cesare Prandelli, Rudi Voeller, Luigi Delneri and Bruno Conti.
Roma have now turned to former Udinese coach Spalletti who pledged to affect a change in the dressing room whilst refusing to speculate on his side's title chances for next season.
"The Scudetto is difficult. Besides, it is not the moment to talk about deadlines or objectives for the season," Spalletti told a news conference.
"A team must have the right mentality. It must be well-balanced and the players have to be willing to work for each other.
"These are the things that give a squad momentum. Until these are in place, you can't do anything.
"Tactics are not the most important thing.
"In my last season with Udinese, for example, we played several different kinds of formation, but what made the team work was the spirit inside the dressing room."
Spalletti insisted that he was fully focused on his new role at Stadio Olimpico after walking out on Udinese after guiding them to an unprecendented fourth place in Serie A, and the UEFA Champions League football such a finish entails.
"All I am thinking about is Roma," Spalletti declared.
"Udinese have shown in the past that they know how to deal with situations when people move on.
"This (Roma) is a club of worldwide importance, with some very important footballers. I'm proud to be here. If we can rebuild the right spirit here we will get some good results."
Spalletti was also reluctant to comment on speculation that star attacker Antonio Cassano could be the subject of interest from Serie A champions Juventus.
"I don't want to speak about the transfer market at the moment.
"Obviously, Cassano is an important player, but it's too early to talk about individuals.
"There are other key players that I have to get to know."