Spalletti looking for a buzz

AS Roma head coach Luciano Spalletti is happy for the morale boost and breathing space after recording a 2-0 win over Sassuolo at Stadio Città del Tricolore on Tuesday.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the 11th minute, and despite plenty of attacking football from both sides and a penalty which Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi clipped against the crossbar, the second goal came from Stephan El Shaarawy's effort in the fourth minute of added time.

"It would have been really hard for me to take had we not won this game," said the former Zenit st Petersburg boss.

"If we show the same spirit as we did tonight we can recreate that buzz which, if transferred to the dressing room and around the club, could make for a great dynamic.

"We performed well tonight in terms of our spirit and football. We saw that everyone did their bit. We were helped with a bit of luck on Berardi's penalty. We deserve extra credit for being able to hang in there but the win is the fair result.

"We'll be able to work more efficiently with the breathing space this victory affords us. We've got a tough run-in with lots of hurdles to get over one at a time."

The former Empoli, Sampdoria, and Udinese coach also had special praise for Salah after the Egypt international's opener, as well as Argentine midfielder Diego Perotti, a recent signing from Genoa who made his debut.

"[Salah is] a great kid who needs enthusiasm and he can take that away from results like these," Spalletti added. "He scored a cracking goal and deserves credit for that.

"Tonight [Perotti] demonstrated that he can slot into the middle of the park and also push forward to attack the opposition defence. I could have also swapped him with [Miralem] Pjanic. He can pick a pass and he moves the ball well, a South American attribute which makes him very hard to pick up."