Roma boss Luciano Spalletti is confident of improving on last season.
“We are struggling at the moment to be compact and have lost our spacing. Alessandro Florenzi can still play as a full-back, but when you make choices like that, you need to command the game. If you have two full-backs who push forward and defend well too, then there's no point sitting back to wait for your opponents," said Spalletti.
“Therefore Florenzi and Bruno Peres can work together as full-backs, but we need to play on the attack. The width of the pitch is always going to be 60 metres, so we need to tighten the length from 110 metres to 55 by staying compact, and it's something we haven't mastered yet. The spacing of a team is fundamental, or it's like wearing a shirt that's the wrong size for you.
“Last year after a tricky start, we got the hang of it. We're working on this in training, as when going forward we can't just throw the ball up there and hope for the best. We have more quality than that.
“We can't struggle when pressed, because otherwise we're not up to the standard of Roma. Last season we were often in the opposition half. It irritates me that we've stopped doing that, but we will resume."