Roma stars happy with Enrique

Roma stars Francesco Totti and Simone Perrotta are excited with the plans set in place by new manager, Luis Enrique.The legendary midfielder, who starred for Barcelona and Real Madrid throughout a terrific career, took over from caretaker Vincenzo Montella, who initially replaced Claudio Ranieri, who resigned in February.

The permanent appointment has kickstarted a new era at Roma, with the players pleased with the coach’s new tactics.

“The system and methods proposed by the coach are new, interesting and above all very stimulating,” Totti told the club’s official website.

“The sessions began in earnest today at Riscone di Brunico. We are only at the start: day by day we will discover new things and settle into this different reality.”

“Everything depends on us and it’ll be our duty to put in the maximum effort right from now.”

Enrique is keen to implement a new style of football at the club, focusing on possession, something that had pleased Perrotta.

“The squad working here in pre-season is pretty much the same as in previous years, but everyone likes this new style of football,” Perrotta said.

“The coach wants us to keep possession of the ball a great deal, whereas in Italy we’re accustomed to seeking cross-field passes immediately to get it closer to the goal.”

“The coach has made it clear he does not want long balls.”