The former Zenit manager acknowledges his players will need to be on song if they're to beat Fiorentina and stretch their fine form under his tutelage even further
Luciano Spalletti is aware Roma will need to raise their game if they're to beat Fiorentina on Friday, but says he is confident his players can rise to the challenge and prolong their great run of form.
Roma have won six games in a row under Spalletti since January 30 to
force themselves back into the Champions League picture, climbing above
Fiorentina into third place in the process.
With 11 games remaining, claiming a top-two place is still a
realistic ambition for the capital club given Napoli are only five
points ahead after going three matches without a win.
And Spalletti says he has full belief Roma can reduce that deficit
even further when they play hosts to Fiorentina at Stadio Olimpico, but
has warned his players they'll need to step up.
"Fiorentina are good at anticipating the way the opposition play and
tweaking their approach accordingly," he said. "We'll need to be better
than ever against them, but I have faith in the players. The lads have been brilliant in our last few games. They have grown
in mental strength to be able to fight for the position we currently
occupy in the league table from now until the end of the season.
"We are now on the right track. We have to give 100 per cent and always try to improve. That goes for me too.
"Everyone who works here are professionals in their area of
expertise. Everyone works well and you need to be brave enough to try
"Everyone needs to reach for the stars and try to stay there – that way we won't stay rooted to the spot and we can aim high."