Rome derby set for fireworks

A look ahead to the weekend's action in the Italian Serie A.

Last Updated: 08/11/12 at 15:44 Post Comment

Zdenek Zeman: Back in the Rome derby

Zdenek Zeman: Back in the Rome derby

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Two of Serie A's most enigmatic coaches go head-to-head for the first time on Sunday, as Italy prepares for the first 'Derby della Capitale' of the season.

Czech Zdenek Zeman is a veteran of four Rome derbies, thanks to his previous two-year stint in charge of Roma, but he only managed to secure one victory before leaving the club in 1999.

Meanwhile, Bosnia's Vladimir Petkovic takes charge of a capital side for the first time in his career, having only moved to Italy this summer before guiding the Biancocelesti to fifth place after 11 games.

Opinions are divided on Zeman, with his unrelenting attacking philosophy earning him as many detractors as admirers over his 30-year career in management.

One fan is former Roma winger Bruno Conti, who told the Corriere dello Sport: "I absolutely love 'The Bohemian'. I had the good fortune to bump into him at the opera and I can assure you that he has been working like crazy this week.

"He knows how to approach important games, that's how he operates. And he will certainly have prepared well for this game.

"Petkovic has also proved to be an intelligent coach, he's made a big impression on the squad in a short amount of time and there's more to come."

Outspoken Lazio president Claudio Lotito damned the Giallorossi boss with faint praise, though, before backing his own tactician.

"Zeman is someone who always wants to be different," he said. "Why did I choose Petkovic? He struck me with his work ethic and he is a man of high moral fibre.

"He is highly ambitious and all these characteristics convinced me of his potential."

"Can we win a trophy this year? My philosophy has been to keep my dreams a secret, while looking to build up the club and achieve good results through hard work.

"In the last few years we have achieved a lot and I hope we get what we deserve."

Influential Roma players Pablo Osvaldo and Daniele De Rossi are unlikely to feature in the derby, while Lazio striker Miroslav Klose returns from suspension to boost the 'home' team.

Reigning champions Juventus look to get back on track at Pescara after Inter Milan ended their 49-game unbeaten run, with Cagliari hosting Catania in a fully-opened Stadio Is Arenas on Saturday night.

AC Milan would dearly like to be in Fiorentina's position of fourth and Massimiliano Allegri's Rossoneri will hope to build on a 5-1 victory over Chievo last time out.

The Flying Donkeys hope to bounce back from that hammering against Udinese, while Parma host basement boys Siena and Torino look to edge towards the top half of the table at the expense of lowly Bologna.

Also in the lower reaches are Genoa, with Luigi Del Neri plotting his first win in charge when Napoli visit the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

The current momentum is with Inter Milan, who could capitalise on any slip up from Juve on Saturday night to go top with victory at Atalanta, with out-of-form sides Palermo and Sampdoria facing off in Sunday's early game.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Barcelona v Bayern Munich: Lionel Messi double puts Barca in control

Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

Graham Taylor rejects claims he was asked to cap number of black players in England side

Graham Taylor has denied claims that the Football Association tried to cap the number of black players when he was in charge of the England team.

Spanish football could be shut down from May 16 over TV rights argument

La Liga faces being shut down from May 16 over an argument between Spain's football federation and the Government.

Mail Box

Coutinho Better Than Cazorla And Cesc...

Philippe Coutinho has outperformed Santi Cazorla AND Cesc Fabregas, while Arsenal need no new signings. We also have mails on Olivier Giroud and shopping lists...

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company