Brazilian Legend Cafu Believes Mourinho's Replacement De Rossi Can Be the Next Sir Alex Ferguson at Roma

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Brazilian Legend Cafu Believes Mourinho's Replacement De Rossi Can Be the Next Sir Alex Ferguson at Roma

Ayoola Kelechi 20:03 - 18.04.2024

Daniele De Rossi has transformed Roma since replacing Jose Mourinho, earning comparisons to Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson

In a recent interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Brazilian football legend Cafu shared his thoughts on the potential of Daniele De Rossi to emulate the legendary managerial success of Sir Alex Ferguson at Roma.

Excitement for Europa League Showdown

Cafu expressed his anticipation for the Europa League clash between AC Milan and Roma, highlighting the electric atmosphere expected at the Stadio Olimpico. He emphasised the unique passion of Roma's fanbase and the emotional significance of hearing the Roma anthem resonate throughout the stadium.

"The show at the Olimpico is always guaranteed; it’s a unique fanbase. Ask any player who has ever played there about their feelings when the Roma anthem plays. It will be a very nice game," said Cafu.

De Rossi's Tactical Acumen

Commenting on Daniele De Rossi's coaching tactics, Cafu praised the decision to deploy Stephan El Shaarawy on the right flank during Roma's 1-0 victory over AC Milan at San Siro. He lauded De Rossi's astute tactical awareness and highlighted the strategic choices that contributed to Roma's success in the first leg of the Europa League tie.

"De Rossi was tactically smart at San Siro by playing El Shaarawy on the right," noted Cafu.

Comparison to Sir Alex Ferguson

Cafu commended Daniele De Rossi not only for his tactical prowess but also for his character and integrity. Reflecting on his interactions with De Rossi during their footballing careers, Cafu recalled the Italian's reserved nature and willingness to listen and learn. He attributed De Rossi's development as a coach to his strong family foundation and emphasised the former player's potential for leadership and mentorship.

"I remember him well as a young kid. He didn’t talk much, but he listened a lot," shared Cafu. "Surely, he’s had an excellent family that has given him balance. I think he has all the qualities to play an even more important role, becoming for Roma what Sir Alex Ferguson was for Manchester United."

Drawing parallels between Daniele De Rossi and Sir Alex Ferguson, Cafu expressed his belief that De Rossi possesses the qualities necessary to make a significant impact at Roma. He likened De Rossi's potential influence at the club to Ferguson's legendary tenure at Manchester United, suggesting that the Italian could establish himself as a pivotal figure in Roma's history.

"Without a doubt, it’s me. It’s not an opinion, look at the statistics, in terms of possession, chances, pressing, trophies… Others might have a different opinion, but it’s definitely me," stated Cafu.

Overall, Cafu's endorsement of Daniele De Rossi's coaching abilities underscores the optimism surrounding Roma's future under the leadership of their former player. As De Rossi continues his managerial journey with the Giallorossi, fans and pundits alike will be eager to see whether he can fulfil the lofty expectations set forth by Cafu and establish himself as a transformative figure in Roma's storied legacy.

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