The Spalletti story
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The start saw a string of sackings but Luciano Spalletti’s managerial career caught fire in his first spell at Roma, one of the most tactically significant coaching stints of the last 20 years. Defined by the discovery of the 4-6-0 formation that rejuvenated Francesco Totti.

This Golazzo looks back at that team, as well as some of the less successful periods in Spalletti’s time in football. From ostracizing Totti to ostracizing Icardi.



• PART 1a: Famous for being fired – Spalletti’s chaotic beginnings (04m 00s)

• PART 1b: The big breakthrough at Udinese (14m 00s) 

• PART 2: Spallett’s Roma – “the best football I’ve ever seen” (17m 00s)

• PART 3a: Spalletti at Zenit (34m 00s) 

• PART 3b: Returning to Roma to retire Totti (39m 00s)

• PART 4: Spalletti at Inter – the Icardi affair (45m 00s)

• PART 5: Would you appoint Spalletti? (52m 30s)






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