Spalletti looking to build on momentum

Roma head coach Luciano Spalletti is eager to build on the form his squad showed in the second half of the season in order to hit the ground running next term.

Spalletti was brought in to replace Rudi Garcia in January after a dysmal first half of the campaign and has only lost one match, to eventual champions Juventus, since taking charge, helping the club back up to third in Serie A and securing a place in next season's Champions League.

"The players showed me against Juve that they were prepared to do the things I was asking of them, even if what I had asked on that particular occasion was wrong, seeing how the game ended up," he told the club's website.

"As a result, I modified a few things in my instructions and in every game from then on we saw that we could dare more, demand more and go harder. The players at this club have even greater potential than what we've seen so far.

"Unfortunately the season came to an end but everything the players have achieved we can carry with us going forward. The second half of this season will stay with the lads, it's theirs and it's not going to be taken away from them during the break.

"During these months, the players rediscovered their true abilities, got satisfaction from their work and found enthusiasm, bags of goals and good play – everything that is positive from a football match.

"These memories belong to them and they won't be easy to forget. It's clear that this is what they wanted and what they were looking for. I'm dealing with some intelligent people here."