Ranieri Praises Roma Deals, Demands Patience with Mourinho

Premier League winner with Leicester City, Claudio Ranieri, believes Roma have made waves this transfer window with their signings. He also thinks Juventus have executed great deals with the onboardings of Angel Di Maria, Paul Pogba, and Filip Kostic, among others.

The veteran tactician spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Voce Giallorossa) in an exclusive interview, shedding light upon the highly-anticipated addition of Andrea Belotti.

“They did well to go after free agents. There are accounts to balance and you cannot take risks. Roma and even Juventus have completed great transfers. Tiago Pinto spent only €7 million for Zeki Celik, but he brought home many champions anyway. Too bad for Georginio Wijnaldum’s injury, but Mady Camara’s on his way. Not to mention Belotti, a player who can please the fans.”

He further praised Il Gallo.

“He runs after the ball, presses the opponents, and fights for every ball. This is what people want from their favorites.”

When quizzed about all the top teams he has coached in his career, Ranieri added three more names to watch out for this Serie A season.

“I know these environments and the passion of their supporters. But also watch out for Lazio, which started well like Atalanta, which are quickly re-establishing itself, as well as Torino. Obviously, as the days go by, the table will take shape, but the fight for the championship is open to many.”

Finally, he drew comparisons between José Mourinho’s Roma and the first Chelsea side he undertook.

“Don’t pay attention to the standings, because they are putting together a good team. It reminds me of my first Chelsea. We built the championship-level squad with Roman Abramovich while the season was ongoing. It took a while to settle down, but in the end we finished second in the league behind Arsenal and reached the semi-finals in Europe.”

Roma have experienced an unbeaten start to the new campaign, winning two and drawing one of their three matches so far.

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