Ranieri lined-up as Roma sack Di Francesco after Champions League flop

39;I'm delighted to be coming back home'

39;I'm delighted to be coming back home'

Roma director Francesco Totti has touched base with former Chelsea and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri as a possible replacement for Eusebio Di Francesco.

The Giallorossi have had a disappointing season domestically, sitting outside the top four places in Italy and were dumped out of the Champions League by Porto in the round of 16.

The Serie A outfit came into the encounter leading 2-1 and they almost fell behind inside the opening five minutes when Alex Telles volleyed over the crossbar, before the Porto attacker hit the side-netting 10 minutes later.

Di Francesco, 49, was part of the last title-winning Roma team as a player in 2001 and took over the club in the summer of 2017.

"Di Francesco will always be the coach who took Roma to the Champions League semi-finals after who knows how many years, and he deserves credit for that", said De Rossi.

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"On behalf of myself and everyone at AS Roma, I'd like to thank Eusebio for his work and his commitment", team president Jim Pallotta said in a release.

Francesco's sacking comes just a day after the Serie A giants were bundled out of the Champions League in the round of 16.

Corona crossed from the left and Marega easily got away from his marker and side-footed the ball into the roof of the net from two metres to level the aggregate score at 3-3.

An additional half-hour was required to settle an encounter that looked to be heading for a shootout before Telles tucked home from the spot on 117 minutes after a tug on Fernando by Alessandro Florenzi was spotted upon review.

He was sacked last week by Premier League strugglers Fulham after only 17 matches in charge.

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