De Rossi explains COVID hospitalisation

Daniele De Rossi reveals why he went to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms. ‘I stood up and nearly fainted. The doctors said if I hadn’t had it checked out…’

The former Roma midfielder is now part of Roberto Mancini’s Italy staff, which is where he contracted the Coronavirus during that recent outbreak.

He was taken into the Spallanzani hospital in Rome on Friday and is undergoing treatment for pneumonia.

“I came here because I had too many symptoms that were not only not improving, but actively getting worse,” De Rossi told L’Agenzia Dire.

“Yesterday morning, I stood up from the chair as normal and nearly fainted. My ears were buzzing, it all sounded blocked and I almost fell over, so I asked to have a check-up.

“I came here and I’ve got a bilateral interstitial pneumonia. It’s not at the worst stage, but it’s definitely there. I wish I didn’t have it, especially as the doctors said if I hadn’t had it checked out…

“Basically, this is not a situation at the limit, but it’s also not the kind of COVID you can treat at home.”


De Rossi’s COVID situation ‘under control’

Sky Sport Italia reports Daniele De Rossi’s situation is considered ‘under control’ after the Italy staff member was hospitalised with COVID-19.

Il Tempo reported the former Roma captain had been hospitalised at the Spallanzani Hospital in Rome since yesterday.

The technical coach of the Azzurri had contracted the virus due to the outbreak during the World Cup Qualifiers retreat last month.

News agency ANSA spoke to sources close to the player, who confirmed he has been hospitalised.

According to the sources, De Rossi was admitted to hospital for ‘infectious diseases for pneumonia and his conditions and the situation is considered under control’.

De Rossi started the new chapter as a coach and joined Italy CT Roberto Mancini’s staff at Coverciano ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers.


De Rossi hospitalised with COVID

Il Tempo reports Italy staff member Daniele De Rossi has tested positive for COVID-19 and is hospitalised in Spallanzani Hospital.

The former Roma captain tested positive after the outbreak of coronavirus in the Italy squad during the World Cup Qualifiers.

The newspaper reports the former midfielder has been hospitalised in Rome, only weeks after having started his experience with the Azzurri.

De Rossi was appointed as one of the technical staff members under Italy CT Roberto Mancini last month.


Fixture list for top four battle in Serie A

Nine points separate second from seventh with nine games to go in Serie A, we take a look at the fixture list in the top four battle.

Milan are second in Serie A, 11 points behind Inter at the top, but are only nine points above Roma at seventh in the League, meaning the race for the top four places in the League is as tight as ever.

Juventus won an important direct clash with Napoli this week and climbed to third in the table, creating a three-point gap to fifth.

Milan have three direct clashed with teams in the top seven the next months and hope to be in a good position when they travel to Lazio on April 26.

They will play Juventus at the Allianz Stadium on May 9, before Stefano Pioli’s men finish the season with a trip to Bergamo to face Atalanta in a potentially decisive game for either sides.

Juventus face Atalanta already on April 18, before hosting both Milan and Inter in the last month of Serie A 2020-21.

Atalanta have some big weeks coming up in order to secure a place in the Champions League the third consecutive year, facing Fiorentina, Juventus and Roma in their next three games.

May seems a bit easier for the Orobici, but they still have a trip to Sassuolo and the mentioned fixture against Milan in the last round of fixtures.

Napoli arguably have the kindest fixture list, but still have to get through home games against Inter and Lazio in April before mostly facing teams in the bottom half of the table during May.

Both Lazio and Roma have seemed to be struggling to keep up with the top four but are still in with a chance, but have to step up during the run-in.

The Biancocelesti might have a game in hand due to the postponed match against Torino, but the rescheduled date has not been set.

Serie A top seven:

1. Inter – 71
2. Milan – 60
3. Juventus – 59
4. Atalanta – 58
5. Napoli – 56
6. Lazio – 52
7. Roma – 51

Milan’s nine remaining fixtures in Serie A 2020-21:

April 10 – Parma (A)
April 18 – Genoa (H)
April 21 – Sassuolo (H)
April 26 – Lazio (A)
May 1 – Benevento (H)
May 9 – Juventus (A)
May 12 – Torino (A)
May 16 – Cagliari (H)
May 23 – Atalanta (A)

Juventus’ nine remaining fixtures in Serie A 2020-21:

April 11 – Genoa (H)
April 18 – Atalanta (A)
April 21 – Parma (H)
April 25 – Fiorentina (A)
May 2 – Udinese (A)
May 9 – Milan (H)
May 12 – Sassuolo (A)
May 19 – Inter (H)
May 23 – Bologna (A)

Atalanta’s nine remaining games in Serie A 2020-21:

April 11 – Fiorentina (A)
April 18 – Juventus (H)
April 22 – Roma (A)
April 25 – Bologna (H)
May 2 – Sassuolo (A)
May 9 – Parma (A)
May 12 – Benevento (H)
May 16 – Genoa (A)
May 23 – Milan (H)

Napoli’s nine remaining games in Serie A 2020-21:

April 11 – Sampdoria (A)
April 18 – Inter (H)
April 22 – Lazio (H)
April 26 – Torino (A)
May 2 – Cagliari (H)
May 9 – Spezia (A)
May 12 – Udinese (H)
May 16 – Fiorentina (A)
May 23 – Hellas Verona (H)

Lazio’s 10 remaining games in Serie A 2020-21:

N/A – Torino (H)*
April 11 – Hellas Verona (A)
April 18 – Benevento (H)
April 22 – Napoli (A)
April 26 – Milan (H)
May 2 – Genoa (H)
May 9 – Fiorentina (A)
May 12 – Parma (H)
May 16 – Roma (A)
May 23 – Sassuolo (A)
*The date for Lazio-Torino to be confirmed

Roma’s nine remaining fixtures in Serie A 2020-21:

April 11 – Bologna (H)
April 18 – Torino (A)
April 22 – Atalanta (H)
April 25 – Cagliari (A)
May 2 – Sampdoria (A)
May 9 – Crotone (H)
May 12 – Inter (A)
May 16 – Lazio (H)
May 23 – Spezia (A)


Pau Lopez studied Ajax penalties

Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez reveals he studied Dusan Tadic and that enabled him to save the Ajax penalty. ‘He often hits it centrally.’

That proved to be a turning point in the Europa League quarter-final first leg in Amsterdam, as Ajax had been 1-0 up and could’ve doubled their lead.

Instead, they fought back to win 2-1 with Lorenzo Pellegrini and Roger Ibanez strikes.

“I knew that Tadic often hits it centrally. I watch the penalties with Marco Savorani when we prepare for the games. I stayed on the spot and I was lucky this time,” Pau Lopez told Sky Sport Italia.

“I think we did well, although the goal we conceded was avoidable. I am happy with the victory, but it’s not over. The second leg will be very tough and there’s a long way to go yet.”