UDINE, ITALY - MARCH 13:  Head coach of AS Roma Luciano Spalletti looks on  during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and AS Roma at Stadio Friuli on March 13, 2016 in Udine, Italy.  (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)

Future is bright for Roma

It is rare to claim that ending an eight-game Serie A winning streak and losing your Sporting Director in one night is good news.

Yet for Roma, last night’s 1-1 draw with Inter could well end up being a step in the right direction, and for reasons which go beyond Walter Sabatini’s departure.

For a start, there is no shame in drawing with an Inter team whose manager, Roberto Mancini, has outsmarted Coach Luciano Spalletti before (and vice versa). Despite murdering Inter 6-2 in the 2007 Coppa Italia Final, Lucianone’s Giallorossi never won a home league game against Mancini’s men (even losing 4-1 in September 2007), and generally struggled to right the ship if things went wrong against the Nerazzurri.

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