Everyone including Giallorossi loyal fans labeled AS Roma last summer business as a supermarket. Giallorossi gone through a major restructuring last summer as they welcome eight new players along with new manager Eusebio Di Francesco and sold most of their future stars. It all happened after former Sevilla’s fame Sporting Director Ramon Rudriguez Vardejo better known as Monchi arrived in Rome. Monchi commented then reacting to his business criticism, “AS Roma is more than a supermarket” and eight months into the business he proved it.
Monchi arrived at AS Roma with a good track record. He spent 16 years as Sevilla’s Sporting Director and helped the club to establish themselves in top half of Spanish Primera division and earned the club profit of around 200 million in the transfer market during his stay. He left Sevilla in April 2017, having helped them to conquest of 11 trophies during his tenure, and later into that month signed a new contract with AS Roma.
Former Sevilla man was right fit to AS Roma’s strength. Giallorossi business model was quite simple which involves buying a modest sum, providing a platform to develop and ultimately sell for a handsome figure, all while being competitive. He was the master of that business and he adapted Giallrossi model very soon.
He sold eight players last summer including big names; Mohamed Salah to Liverpool, Antonio Rudiger to Chelsea, Leandro Paredes to Zenit St. Petersburg, and Wojciech Szczesny to Juventus. He brought in Lukasz Skorupski from Empoli to replace Szczesny, Juan Jesus from Inter Milan, Fredericko Fazio from Tottenham Hotspur, Aleksandar Kolarov from Manchester City, Bruno Peres from Torino, Rick Karsdorp from Feyenoord, Maxime Gonalons from Olympique Lyon, Lorenzo Pellegrini from Sassuolo, Cengiz under from Basaksheir as new players.
It was a bit like a supermarket but it was all business. It hasn’t made AS Roma a weaker side. Monchi kept intact the AS Roma influential player retaining Daniel De Rossi, Edin Dzeko, Kevin Strootman, Radja Nainggolan and Stephan El Shaarawy. They are sitting at third on Serie A points table and they have reached to Uefa Champions League quarterfinals after 10 years.
It proves that AS Roma is more than a supermarket and business will go as usual. Few players will be bought and sold next season as well. Goalkeeper Allison Becker, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti are already under the radar of many European sides and they may leave the club next season but some new players will be formed in to fill the void as well.
They have already proved that they are more than a supermarket but their tie against Barcelona in Uefa Champions League quarterfinals will solidify their position in Europe. They are absolutely not favourites against the Catalan giants but they have an advantage of playing at home in second-leg and Monchi was quick to acknowledge that as positive.
AS Roma sporting director told Premium Sport as Football Italia reports, “We weren’t very lucky, but we want to play this tie. I have faith in my team, we have to go out with the desire of doing something important. We know that Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world, but we must think we can move forward.”
“In football, you play 11 against 11. If we do things properly, we can move forward. Barca aren’t just Messi, they’re a very good team, but Roma can still beat them. Valverde’s Barcelona is more balanced, they’ve improved a lot defensively and they’ve grown a lot, but I really like the fact the return will be played at the Olimpico. if we leave Camp Nou with a good result, we can have a good game with our fans behind us.”