Pjanic hails Spalletti impact

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Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic has credited head coach Luciano Spalletti for revolutionising the club since taking over from Rudi Garcia in January.

The Giallorossi have won their last seven Serie A matches in a row, including Friday's 4-1 thrashing of Fiorentina, to move up to third place in the table, and are now just five points behind Juventus in first place.

With 10 games left in the season, they can genuinely turn their eyes toward a title challenge, and Pjanic believes it is down to the side being more physically prepared.

"The whole team is really moving well and that makes everything easier," the midfielder told Roma Radio.

"The squad is in good shape, there's a lot of movement on the pitch and always someone you can pass the ball to. Physically the side is doing very well too and that also shines through with the results.

"I knew Spalletti for what he had done at Roma [in his previous spell at the club from 2005 to 2009], but had never met him personally.

"He's a really nice coach who cares about us. He's tough too and is always spurring us on, but is also someone you can talk to about anything. You know he'll always be there to protect you if you do what he asks.

"Spalletti is above all focused on the details when it comes to the defence. Now we don't want to stop, as with this confidence everything feels simpler. We have to make the most of this momentum and keep the concentration levels up," Pjanic concluded.