Montella aims to lift Roma burden

New Roma coach Vincenzo Montella has insisted Roma’s below-par performances this season are down to the weight of expectations placed on their shoulders.
The former Giallorossi striker replaced Claudio Ranieri at the Roma helm on Monday following Saturday’s capitulation at Genoa, which left the club nine points behind fourth-placed Lazio in eighth place.
Speaking today for the first time to reporters, Montella said, “I think the team’s main problem is above all a mental block. The players are sensitive and they are carrying inside them this big weight.”
Montella, who contributed to Roma’s third Scudetto in 2001, faces a huge task of instilling belief into a side that last tasted victory in a 3-0 defeat of Cagliari on January 22.
“They need to free themselves from this burden and this is the first step we need to take so they can play at their true potential,” added Montella.
The 36-year-old becomes the youngest coach in Serie A this season, but Montella maintains he is committed to getting the best out of his players in the time he has at the club.
“This was not my idea but I have accepted the role with calmness. My aim is to do well until the end of the season, when my contract expires. I will bring out my best to help the team but the future does not interest me. I’m just concentrating on the task in hand.”
There are some big challenges ahead for Montella, whose new team travel to Bologna on Wednesday, before entertaining Parma at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Next week they will travel to Ukraine for the Champions League last-16 second leg against Shakhtar Donetsk, looking to overturn a 3-2 first leg deficit.

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