Previous
VfL Wolfsburg
Everton
0
1
ESPN3 LIVE 68'
Game Details
Tottenham Hotspur
Partizan Belgrade
ESPN3 8:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Internazionale
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
ESPN3 8:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Sevilla FC
1
0
LIVE 70'
Game Details
Villarreal
Borussia Monchengladbach
8:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Torino
Club Brugge
ESPN3 8:05 PM GMT
Game Details
River Plate
Boca Juniors
11:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Next

Chelsea out to maul Black Cats

Chelsea 3 hours ago
Read

Who's responsible for Newcastle's revival?

Tactics and Analysis about an hour ago
Read
By ESPN Staff
Sep 2, 2009

Ranieri pledges to "shock" AS Roma into revival

Claudio Ranieri said he would give AS Roma's underachieving players "a shock" after taking over as coach.

The 57-year-old agreed a two-year deal on Tuesday to replace Luciano Spalletti, who quit after the club lost their opening two Serie A games of the season and struggled to reinforce their squad in the transfer market.

"They certainly need a shock because this team needs to react immediately. Maybe the lads have lost a bit of conviction," Rome-born Ranieri told a news conference on Wednesday.

With the transfer window closed he has a tough task to reinvigorate Roma, who finished sixth last term having been runners-up and Italian Cup winners in 2007 and 2008.

"In the last four years (under Spalletti) this team has done great things, playing some of the most beautiful football in Europe," added former Juventus and Chelsea coach Ranieri.

"I was proud as a Roman to see them play. I can say I'm coming home with a huge desire to do well."

Ranieri led Juve to third spot in 2008 in their first campaign back in Serie A after being demoted for match-fixing but was replaced by Ciro Ferrara towards the end of last season after a run of bad results.

He acknowledged his style of play might not be as eye-catching as Spalletti's but was unperturbed by captain Francesco Totti being a dominant figure at the club.

"My philosophy is a little different to Spalletti's, I will bring my pragmatism to this team. I expect Totti to just be Totti," said Ranieri, who occasionally clashed with Juve captain Alessandro Del Piero during his two years in Turin.

Ranieri joins a club in turmoil with Roma fans continually protesting against president Rosella Sensi over what they see as her lack of spending power.

Two takeover bids have failed and Italy midfielder Alberto Aquilani was sold to Liverpool in the close season with no major signings arriving.

The club's share price was down three percent on Wednesday.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.