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Luciano Spalletti leaves Roma after record-breaking season

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Luciano Spalletti has stepped down as manager of AS Roma just two days after leading his team to a second-placed Serie A finish.

Spalletti, 58, joined Roma for a second spell in January 2016 only to part ways with the club after Roma defeated Genoa by 3-2 on Sunday as Diego Perotti’s last-minute winner secured automatic qualification for the Champions League.

Under his guidance this season, Roma had won more Serie A points and scored more goals than any side in the club’s history, albeit ultimately falling short of defending champions Juventus by four points in the final standings.

Throughout the season, Spalletti had been one of numerous candidates linked with the coaching job at managerless Internazionale, who have yet to appoint a permanent replacement for Stefano Pioli.

“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Luciano Spalletti for all of his hard work and the significant contribution he has made to the club since his return,” Roma president James Pallotta said in a statement published on the club’s website.

“This club is on a constant path of growth and that will continue with the appointment of a new coach who shares our values and philosophy and who will continue to help us take AS Roma forward.”

The announcement also comes two days after Francesco Totti’s final game for the club after 25 years — a player who Spalletti suggested back in February that he would walk away alongside if not granted a new contract, according to ESPN FC. However, the coach was also criticised by the Italian media regularly as Totti’s playing time with the club was limited to substitute appearances.

In his first spell of coaching Roma from 2005 to 2009, Spalletti had twice won the Coppa Italia, before he resigned and joined Russian club Zenit St Petersburg.

Roma secures Champions League spot in Totti farewell

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Glitter was added to Francesco Totti’s last game in a Roma jersey as his team secured Champions League game time next season in their final Serie A match this season.

The club legend played his final match with Roma after 25 years with the club, a game which ended in fervent celebration when the Giallorossi scored a 90th-minute goal for a 3-2 win over Genoa that also secured a spot in next season’s Champions League.

However, things did not go to plan for Roma as Genoa went off the script with 16-year-old Pietro Pellegri becoming the youngest player ever to score in Serie A when he put Genoa ahead three minutes in.

The crowd, which had saluted Totti before kickoff, was quickly silenced.

Relief came and the cheers were heard again as Edin Dzeko equalised for Roma in the 10th minute, and the team’s future captain Daniele De Rossi appeared to have the winner in the 74th, only for Darko Lazovic to equalise for Genoa five minutes later.

Diego Perotti’s then scored in the last-minute for Roma’s winner.

“When you coach a squad like Roma you’ve got to always have victory as the goal and sometimes second place isn’t acceptable for some people,” Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said.

“But this second place is a huge accomplishment. We had to obtain this result and today, particularly, the squad really deserves it for how the match developed.”

Spalletti is also now expected to leave the club after having regularly brought Totti on as a late substitute this season. He also complained before the game for being painted by the media as being confrontational towards the player.

Sunday’s match was the the first time Totti played more than 30 minutes in a Serie A game since September as he entered the game as a substitute for Mohamed Salah.

“Totti has won a great deal but he alone is not enough and he knows that,” Spalleti added. “Of course, you will take all this and make it look as if I’m angry with Totti. I use the principle of you and me, but you turn it into ‘Totti and me.’”

Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season

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Roma have made the announcement that Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season, 24 years after he debuted for Roma as their youngest player ever.

Totti, 40, has made more than 600 appearances for the club since his debut in 1993, but has made only one start in Serie A this season for Roma coach Luciano Spalletti after being awarded a one-year extension in 2016. The other of his 24 appearances this season were mostly as a substitute.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Roma’s new sporting director, Monchi, confirmed that this would be Totti’s last season as a player but added that he could work closely with the former Italy international once the World Cup winner hangs up his boots.

“In terms of Totti, I already knew that there was an agreement with the club that this would be his final year as a player, then he’d start as a director,” he said.

“Francesco is Roma, I want to be as close to him as possible. I’d love to learn even 1% of the huge amount that he knows.”

Totti, when asked whether Roma’s 3-1 defeat against Lazio on Sunday had been his last derby, the veteran said that it was not up to him and that “other people” were making those claims.

But as it were, Totti’s final game will be on Sunday, 28 May against Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico, after winning two Serie A titles as well as the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa on two occasions each during his 24 years with Roma.

The player has also represented Italy at all levels from under-15, scoring nine goals in 58 senior appearances before his retirement after winning the World Cup in Germany.

Serie A: Roma gives chase as Fiorentina trumps Juventus

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Roma shortened the gap on top of the Serie A table, as Fiorentina defeated Juventus in an ill-tempered match.

Roma, who defeated Udinese by 1-0 a few hours before the Italian Champions started their match at Stadio Artemio Franchi, shortened the gap on top of the league table to a single point.

Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan scored the only goal in the match with a half-volley, scoring on the turn after being fed by Kevin Strootman.

Roma’s striker and top scorer Edin Dzeko then fired a penalty over the crossbar, and was spared the embarrassment by his teammate Wojciech Szczesny. The keeper produced two vital saves to keep out Felipe dal Belo’s close range header and turn away Rodrigo de Paul’s shot, ensuring Roma’s victory and three points in the Italian top flight.

Another notable moment in Roma’s match was the introduction of Francesco Totti as a substitute, meaning that he has now played in 25 calendar years for Roma since his debut for the club in 1993.

On the other hand, Juventus suffered a small setback in their bid to retain the Serie A trophy after losing to Fiorentina by 2-1 on the road.

Juventus had been typically clinical this season, and had produced performances that often threatened to elevate them to a runaway victory for the Scudetto – a sixth consecutive Serie A title.

But Fiorentina, troubled by inconsistent performances this season, took a surprise lead at the 37th minute when forward Nikola Kalinic found the far corner of the net after being set-up by Federico Bernardeschi – who won possession off Alex Sandro.

Milan Badelj added to Fiorentina’s lead in the 54th minute with a cross that found the net, as the Juve defence were caught distracted by Federico Chiesa’s lunge at the ball.

Juventus’s top signing, Gonzalo Higuain managed to pull one back with a typically opportunistic strike four minutes later. His goal lead to tense final thirty minutes – play was repeatedly interrupted by late tackles and at the final whistle, the match finished with 38 fouls and eight yellow cards.

Regardless, Juve, looking to rally from their defeat could face a stern test ahead of them as they host fourth-placed Lazio next week – who are also just five points behind the champions. Roma, meanwhile, hosts mid-table club Caligari.