In the pre-match press conference between Rome and Juventus, Paulo Fonseca directly listed his starting roster for this game, and Dzeko, who had been caught in rumors of leaving the team, returned to the main lineup.
"If there are no surprises, this is our starting lineup for tomorrow's game: Mirante, Thornton, Mancini, Ibáñez, Cumbla, Spinazzola, Pellegrini, Velletu, Mkhitaryan, Pedro, Dzeko." Fonseca said.
"Bruno Perez only started training with us this week, so he is not ready to start this game. Karlsdorp trained solo yesterday, but he was also not ready to start."
"Dzeko? I've talked to him a few times. He is full of motivation now. His training situation is very good this week. He will start the game tomorrow. The rumor that Zeko refused to play off the bench in the last round is false."
"We don’t want to change our habitual play just because we are facing Juventus. We want to continue to press high, but we also want to maintain an offensive and defensive balance. Juventus is very strong, so we need to achieve an offensive and defensive balance. They will be oppressed when the opportunity is right."
"With Pellegrini playing, our offensive and defensive transitions will become faster, and at the same time we have one more candidate in the frontcourt who can support the offense."
"Our goal is clear, we want to do better than last season. Smalling? I am now completely focused on the game against Juventus."