Frosinone boss Eusebio Di Francesco reflects on team’s bright start

FROSINONE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 17: Eusebio Di Francesco manager of Frosinone Calcio during the Serie A TIM match between Frosinone Calcio and US Sassuolo at Stadio Benito Stirpe on September 17, 2023 in Frosinone, Italy. (Photo by Ivan Romano/Getty Images)

Fresh off his team’s 4-2 victory over former club Sassuolo, Frosinone boss Eusebio Di Francesco discussed his team’s strong start to the early season.

The Giallazzurri have collected seven points through their first four league games, including a victory in matchday two over Atalanta.

“I feel good at Frosinone, I found the right environment and group of people to be around,” he told DAZN.

“This a good group of lads that doesn’t lack courage–just look at what we did on Sunday against Sassuolo despite being down 2-0 early in the first half.”

“Individually we might not be a strong side but as a group, a team, we’re solid. We’ve got several guys that played in Serie B last season or they’ve come here after not being much of a protagonist at their prior club.”

He added, “I learned a lot during the almost two years I was out of coaching. I changed a few things such as wanting more intensity from the lads—though, I’ve learned to be less fussy about certain things and give the players more freedom.”

“The objective is to give the players fewer constraints but always with the principle to create as much difficulty as possible for the opponent.”

Finally, he was asked about his team’s upcoming match against his former employers, Roma, on October 1st. Di Francesco spent two years with the club, guiding them to the Champions League semi-final in 2018 against Liverpool.

However, he was sacked less than a year later after the Giallorossi crashed out of the Champions League against Porto in the round of sixteen.

“They fired me while I was fifth in the league and in the run for a Champions League spot,” he remarked.

“But as for the Roma of today, there’s a lot enthusiasm surrounding the team despite a slow start to the season. They are a difficult side to face and they’ve improved because they brought in a top-quality forward in (Romelu) Lukaku.”

“They started off poorly because they weren’t at their best. As soon as they get everything under control, they’ll be very tough to play against.”