— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) July 5, 2018
“He’s one of the few new players who I’ve spoken to and he gave me positive feelings,” Di Francesco said of Pastore.
“His versatility is important for the tactical makeup of the squad. He has characteristics which we didn’t have before.
“He has the quality and imagination to make us more penetrative, especially against teams that sit back.”
Roma finished third in Serie A, behind Juventus and Napoli, in 2017-18 and Di Francesco said a stronger team ethic would be crucial to his side making a challenge for the Scudetto in the coming campaign.
“We want to be there too,” he said. “We want to cause problems for those who finished above us in the table.
“At Juventus there’s teamwork and that’s what I’m preaching at Roma. We need to take care of ‘us’ rather than ‘me’.”
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