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Ranieri 'proud' of Roma reign


Claudio Ranieri admits ‘being a fan and coaching your team makes you proud beyond all limits’ ahead of Roma’s Serie A clash with Inter on Saturday.

Back-to-back wins have moved Roma to within a point of fourth-placed Milan, but Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte have recently been linked with Ranieri’s position.

“Being a fan and coaching your team makes you proud beyond all limits,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“I’m satisfied with my career, which isn’t over yet. I don’t establish plans for the future. We’re the last to know these things.

“I’m thinking of doing my bit this season, but it depends on what the President wants to do and what we’ll do at the end of the season.

“This month-and-a-half has made things clearer. For the players, they understand me better and vice versa.

“It’s natural that our two wins have given us huge self-esteem, but not conceding goals and suffering to win them have given us more conviction.

“If there was a setback it wouldn’t change our mood, but a positive result could give us a considerable boost.

“Doing well would mean a lot, while losing wouldn’t change our determination to keep fighting for every ball, sweating and showing the fans that we’ll get to the end of the season with our heads held high.

“I always decide my teams the night before the game. I’ve seen everyone well, eager. All my considerations will be finalised on Friday night.

“Lorenzo is running better than Steven right now. Nzonzi is a point of reference and plays the ball with only one or two touches. He’s an important player for the team.

“Nicolo isn’t in his best run of form. His role right now is a roaming central midfielder. Behind the strikers or out wide, it’s the same thing.

“His physical and mental shape right now is that of a roaming central midfielder. I was like a chemist last weekend. I knew the problems that the team had.

“I knew De Rossi couldn’t keep going for the whole game. That’s why I started with two strikers. On Friday night I’ll make the same assessments against a healthy team who run and fight.

“I’ll make my assessments while thinking about the 90 minutes at San Siro.”

Ranieri spent several months at Inter during the 2011-12 campaign, before making way for Andrea Stramaccioni.

“Every city has its differences, but it depends on the historical moment,” explained the 67-year-old.

“Spalletti knows Rome very well and is getting to know Milan. I had a few months to get to know Milan, I went in and out of the running [for top four].

“I lost two players like Motta and Coutinho. Until that moment, Inter had recovered. Then our central point of reference left and we dropped out.

“Now we’ll go back to playing at this stadium against Inter, who are very close to the Champions League. It’s a challenge for us.”

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