ROME – The worst is over for Javier Pastore . The "Flaco", arrived last summer as a major market blow, never came into harmony with Eusebio Di Francesco. The former Sassuolo coach wanted to employ him in midfield, a role Pastore digested with difficulty because he envisaged a wide commitment in the cover phase, something that is not in his ropes, but despite all this the Argentine has worked hard to please the coach.
Rome, Ranieri employed Pastore as trequartista: the "Flaco" was reborn.
After a preseason where he was employed by midfielder, Di Francesco suddenly changed his position making him play as an outside striker, another role where Pastore can't play because he doesn't have the pace of a Kluivert or an El Shaarawy. After these tactical misunderstandings, calf injuries took over. Pastore's season changed during the forward derby.
There the Flaco hurt himself and Lorenzo Pellegrini entered in his place. The former Sassuolo midfielder was decisive with a goal from heel and with the performance in the derby he virtually stole the place from the former PSG footballer. Di Francesco did not consider the Flaco and Pellegrini compatible (instead Ranieri put them together against Cagliari with excellent profit).
At that point, Pastore was put aside. In the return derby, Di Francesco had him warmed up for a long time and then put him on the pitch in a late manner. There Pastore had a bad fight with the former Sassuolo technician and their relationship has deteriorated definitively.
Then came Ranieri, he put Pastore in his role, that of playmaker, retreating Pellegrini in midfield and the Flaco returned to play on his usual standards. As Ranieri said after Rome-Cagliari, football is a simple game. Just put all the players in their natural roles.
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