Rome-Salernitana, Belotti: ‘I missed the goal, last year I was never 100%’

1970-01-01 00:00:00

The Roma striker, who never scored last season, unlocked himself on the first day of this new championship with a brace against Salernitana: “Last year I had a difficult season, when I’m at the top I know I can help a lot “. On possible new department mates: “The club and the coach are evaluating”


“I really missed being myself. Last year I had a difficult season: no preparation, injuries. I’ve never been 100%.” As Andrea Belotti after the brace against Salernitana with which he inaugurated the new season. The former Torino player, who hadn’t scored in Serie A since 1 May 2022 (with the Torino shirt against Empoli) and thus ended a streak of 34 consecutive games in the league without goals, explains: “This year I have done all the preparation without a hitch, when I feel 100% I know I can be of great help. We didn’t manage to win and we’re sorry.”

“New striker? I only think about giving my best”

Belotti is currently the only first striker available to Mourinho after Abraham’s injury last year but which will keep him off the pitch for several more months: “A new striker? The club and the coach are evaluating. As for me – says the striker from Bergamo – when I enter the pitch I have to give my all and help the team win “. Then on the match against Salernitana finished 2-2 “When you draw at home in front of the fans it’s never a good result: there is a lot to improve, we could have scored a few more goals. Games must always be won at home. Goal goals for the season? Make as many as possible, they’re needed to bring home the three points.”

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Rome market: the latest on Marcos Leonardo and Zapata

As for the incoming market, the Giallorossi company insists with Santos for Mark Leonardo: after the closure by the Brazilian club in recent days, Roma – by virtue of the agreement with the player – would like to close the operation as early as this session and then bring the forward to the January transfer market. We will try to define everything already at the beginning of the week. The other name on Tiago Pinto’s notebook is Duvan Zapata, who started in Sassuolo-Atalanta only to be replaced after 45′. “If he’s well, I’ll let him play – said Gasperini after the victory at Mapei -. He’ll decide with the club. If he stays, I’m happy, if he leaves, it means that he’s happy”. To be understood if the long injury of El Bilal Touré will change the market strategies of Atalanta.

Aouar: “I need time to get used to Serie A”

“Physically it was difficult, today it was very hot – admitted the Frenchman, a new signing for Roma -. For me this is a new footballI have to learn Serie A, I also need time physically. But this game gives me confidence. Playing without Pellegrini and Dybala is not easy, are important players. But for the next game they will be with us and I hope to get a win. For the fans, for the coach and for us.”

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Roma are missing a centre-forward but in the meantime what is there is the man of the match on the first day. Belotti with a brace is the Mvp of the match. Super Candreva in Salerno. Federico Botti’s report cards WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS OF SERIE A

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