Serie A top five moments from matchday one

By Sports Desk August 20, 2018

Catch the best moments of matchday one in the Serie A over the weekend.

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    Marco Baroni was unable to prevent Frosinone's relegation from Serie A last season and his replacement in the dugout is former Lazio, AC Milan and Italy centre-back Nesta.

    Frosinone confirmed Nesta's arrival on Monday, with the 43-year-old signing a two-year deal at Stadio Benito Stirpe.

    Nesta started his coaching career in the United States with Miami FC and he led Perugia in Serie B last season, missing out on promotion through the play-offs.

  • Roma hit back at 'fanciful' Totti claims following club legend's exit Roma hit back at 'fanciful' Totti claims following club legend's exit

    Roma branded the accusations made by Francesco Totti in a parting shot at the club "fanciful and far from reality".

    Totti officially stepped down as a director of Roma on Monday, bringing an end to his 30-year stay in the Italian capital.

    Speaking at an explosive press conference to explain the reasons behind his exit, the former captain hit out at the Serie A side for not taking his views into consideration during his two-year stint in the position.

    "I never had the chance to express myself," Totti told reporters. "They never involved me. The first year that can happen but by the second [year] I understood what they wanted to do.

    "They knew of my desire to offer a lot to this squad but they never wanted it. They kept me out of everything. It's a day that I hoped never would have come."

    Roma released a statement on their official website to respond to Totti's claims, reiterating the 42-year-old chose to resign instead of taking up a new role as technical director - as revealed by American owner James Pallotta last week.

    "The club is extremely disappointed to learn that Francesco Totti has announced that he has decided to leave the club and not take up the position of technical director of Roma," the statement read. "We offered this role to him after Monchi's exit, for which we were awaiting his answer.

    "We believed that the role offered to Francesco is one of the most senior positions at the club and obviously requires total dedication and commitment, something that is expected of all senior managers within the club.

    "We were prepared to be patient with Francesco and help him achieve the transition from being a great footballer into a great manager. To demonstrate this commitment to Francesco, the role of technical director was offered to him - a role that we believed he could grow into and one in which we offered to support him in while he adapts.

    "While we understand how hard it must be for him to take this decision to leave AS Roma after 30 years, we believe that his perception of the facts and decisions made at the club are both fanciful and far from reality."

    A month on from Daniele De Rossi announcing his exit, Totti also suggested Romans have been forced out of the Stadio Olimpico since Pallotta took over in 2011.

    And the one-club man made clear he would consider a return should there be a change of ownership further down the line.

    The club statement continued: "Regarding the repeated references to a possible comeback with a new ownership, combined with information about interested parties collected by him around the world, we hope that this was not meant to be an inappropriate anticipation of a takeover attempt of the club, a scenario that would be very sensitive as Roma is a listed company. 

    "The club's investor group have absolutely no intention of putting Roma up for sale, now or in the future. We wish Francesco only good luck with what he decides to do next."

  • Conte had agreed to take Roma job, reveals departing Totti Conte had agreed to take Roma job, reveals departing Totti

    Antonio Conte agreed to become Roma's new coach before instead taking charge of Inter, according to Francesco Totti.

    Giallorossi icon Totti announced his departure from the club, ending a 30-year association, at an explosive news conference on Monday.

    The former Italy star, regarded among the greatest players in Roma history, fired a broadside at controversial club president James Pallotta.

    Totti follows former team-mate and fellow club legend Daniele De Rossi out of the Stadio Olimpico, the midfielder having been released at the end of his contract.

    Roma have appointed Paulo Fonseca from Shakhtar Donetsk as their new coach, succeeding Claudio Ranieri, who replaced Eusebio Di Francesco in May.

    But Totti revealed Roma had sealed a deal with former Chelsea boss Conte to take over, only for the Italian to then choose Serie A rivals Inter.

    "I spoke with Antonio Conte: he had given his 'okay' to become Roma coach," Totti told reporters. 

    "Then, he went to Inter."

    Maurizio Sarri was also linked with Roma, with the Italian having since taken charge of Juventus after leaving Chelsea.

    But Totti denied having held talks with the 60-year-old, whose Napoli side finished second behind Juve in 2017-18.

    "I never contacted Maurizio Sarri. I don't know what his objectives or evaluations were, just that Sarri was a favourite of Baldini," Totti added.

    "Of course, he's a great coach who would have done well here, but he was under contract with Chelsea. Anyway, this is irrelevant. We should talk about the present.

    "Fonseca has to find an environment that is relaxed, with a clear path ahead of him. 

    "From what I've seen, he is a fine coach who can do well and was very impressive at Shakhtar."

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