Roma's Edin Dzeko shouldn't be criticised for sharing honest opinions
Roma beat Hellas Verona 3-0 in a universal downpour Saturday and Edin Dzeko bagged two goals. It was their first victory since opening day, but an incident involving Dzeko highlights just how sometimes we in the media make mountains out of molehills and stoke controversy where there really is none.
After the scoreless draw against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, Dzeko was asked what was different about Roma this season under their new manager, Eusebio Di Francesco. Dzeko, an intelligent grown-up, gave an intelligent grown-up answer. He talked about how in the new system the wingers stayed further wide and he missed Mohamed Salah, who would often come inside.
Look! It's a footballer actually talking about football and tactics! We can't have that! The media in Italy saw it as an attack on Di Francesco, a questioning of his scheme, but it was nothing of the sort. It was a guy answering a question and speaking the truth. Di Francesco's system isn't necessarily better or worse; it's different and Dzeko told us why, from his vantage point.
Sometimes we in the media need to act a little more responsibly and not see a "dig" when there is none. Either that or we'll get the same boring, anodyne and cliche-ridden answers that have become the staple of postgame interviews.
Click here to read more of Marcotti's thoughts on what occurred in European football over the previous week.