Italy hero Daniele De Rossi has dedicated his brace against Georgia to his recently deceased father-in-law...The Roma midfielder was perhaps the best player on the pitch as Italy defeated Georgia 2-0 in World Cup qualifying, courtesy of his two goals.
De Rossi and his family did not have the best of summers, as his father-in-law was murdered last month and the Giallorossi maestro made a touching gesture by dedicating his goals to his fallen relative.
"I dedicate this brace to my father-in-law, who we miss very much and my thoughts are with him. These were difficult days, but whenever I get on to the field I leave everyday life behind and focus on my work. It's been tough for me, but especially for my wife and her family,” revealed De Rossi.
The World Cup winner then turned his attention to the game that occurred at the Stadio Fruili and the difficulty for Serie A players of playing in September: "It's not easy to play these games when you only have one game under your belt, but at the same time in such an intense season you need some time off in the summer.
"Cyprus did not deserve to lose last week and Georgia did well tonight too, but we did enough to win it."
De Rossi played the entire 90 minutes, while Milan's Andrea Pirlo was substituted at half time. Some believe that the two cannot co-exist on the pitch, but De Rossi believes the partnership can thrive: "I don't see any problems playing with Pirlo. He is my best friend in the squad and the best midfielder in the world, so it is an honour for me to play alongside him."
Finally, De Rossi spoke about his first goal - a long-range screamer from his left foot. "I did look at passing, but there was nobody there, so I decided to go for goal,” he explained.
De Rossi will now rejoin his Roma team-mates as they prepare to take on Palermo this weekend.