Roma are flailing after a dismal start to the season.
“Di Francesco is one of the best Coaches coming through in Italian football," he told Radio Anch'io Sport.
“He needs to stimulate his group so they can get to the bottom of their problems. I hope he'll be allowed to do the work he deserves to do.
“When a Coach signs a contract, he'll know his team's philosophy. Di Francesco knew what he was signing up for.
“Roma have been selling their best players for years, although it's clear no-one expected the team to perform like they have.
“Fiorentina have changed a lot, but they're flying at the moment, in part because they embrace young players.
“It's different at Roma: the fans seem afraid of touching the ball, as if it's hot. The fans must stay close to the team.
“In my mind, there's the idea of embracing a serious project."