Roma Sack Eusebio Di Francesco

Martin Green

Thursday, March 7, 2019 6:32 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019 6:32 PM UTC

Roma are now priced at 2/1 to secure a top four finish in Serie A and that looks interesting after they sacked their manager.

<p>Roma have sacked manager Eusebio Di Francesco after their heart-breaking Champions League defeat in Porto last night. The Italians took a 2-1 aggregate lead into the game, but they ended up losing 4-3 on aggregate after Alex Telles fired in a 118<sup>th</sup> minute penalty for Porto. It followed a 3-0 defeat to city rivals Lazio on Saturday, a result that left the club fifth in the Serie A table with 12 games to go. The board’s response was swift and brutal as they brought Di Francesco’s 21-month reign to an end.</p><p>The former Italy midfielder won a Serie A title with the club in 2001 and retired in 2005 before going into management. He spent five years at Sassuolo before joining Roma in June 2017, and he took the club to the Champions League semi-finals last year. “On behalf of myself and everyone at AS Roma, I'd like to thank Eusebio for his work and his commitment,” said club president Jim Pallotta. “Since returning to the club, Eusebio has always acted professionally and put the club's needs ahead of his own. We all wish him well for the future.”</p><p>Claudio Ranieri, recently <a href="" target="_blank" title="Ranieri sacked">sacked as Fulham boss</a> with the Cottagers marooned in 19<sup>th</sup> in the Premiership table, is the frontrunner to get the job. Roma will be desperate to break back into the top four by the end of the campaign, as Serie A gets four Champions League spots these days and the riches that come with qualification are crucial for a club of their stature. They are four points behind third placed AC Milan and three behind Inter Milan.</p><p>It looks like developing into a fantastic tussle for those spots. <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> makes in-form AC Milan the 4/11 (1.36) favourites to finish in the top four, followed by Inter at 8/15 (1.53). Roma are now priced at 2/1 (3.0) and Lazio – who are now just three points behind the city rivals, with a game in hand – are 3/1 (4.0). Atalanta are 9/1 (10.0) and they may yet force their way into the reckoning too.</p><p>Yet Roma will be looking at the <a href="" target="_blank" title="teams above them">teams above them</a> and Inter are a mess right now, so they have a chance of surging back into the top four. They have not finished outside the top three for the past five seasons, and they have plenty of quality within their ranks, so 2/1 on them finishing in the top four looks like a compelling price.</p>
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