Daniele De Rossi sees Roma ‘heading in the right direction,’ but in addition desires them to study from the errors that allowed Inter to emerge 4-2 winners. ‘Luciano Spalletti was my mentor, he mentioned defeats are hardly ever completely undeserved.’
De Rossi had mentioned earlier than kick-off that the intention was to make Inter realise Roma are a powerful crew, and he definitely achieved that with a really aggressive strategy that prompted the runaway leaders loads of issues.
“We have to play soccer and there are lots of constructive responses from this sport, but in addition responses that present we are able to by no means decrease our depth if we wish to combat it out with these nice opponents,” De Rossi advised DAZN.
The coach had gained all three video games since taking on from Jose Mourinho and was 2-1 up at half-time in opposition to the Serie A leaders too when Gianluca Mancini and Stephan El Shaarawy overturned the preliminary Francesco Acerbi opener.
Nevertheless, Marcus Thuram scored, then pressured Angeliño into an personal purpose earlier than the last-gasp Alessandro Bastoni counter-attack sealed a 4-2 consequence.
“I believe the sport was considerably very even, there have been moments the place both crew had the higher hand. I’m happy with the lads, they gave their all and the gang realised it too. After they recognise you place the trouble in, they let you realize, they don’t do it as a favour.
“I’m additionally not saying I’m happy with these lads as a result of they’re underdogs or something. I’m proud as a result of they put in an ideal efficiency in opposition to a really robust crew. I imagine we’re heading in the right direction.”
When requested concerning the alternative that Romelu Lukaku wasted one-on-one with Yann Sommer that will’ve made it 3-3, De Rossi reacted with irritation.
“It’s too straightforward to look solely on the detrimental incidents and blame a single participant. Incidents change a sport, however we win them collectively and we lose them collectively.
“All 11 gamers and myself too lowered the extent of depth within the second half and have been made to pay for it. We did it too in opposition to Verona and Salernitana, however gained anyway as a result of we’ve a superior squad to them. We can not afford to do it in opposition to Inter.
“I didn’t just like the blame sport that the media performs after I was a participant and I prefer it even much less now as a coach. If Roma performed so effectively, it was all the way down to everybody and if we misplaced, it means we have been all under Inter’s stage – however not by a lot.”
El Shaarawy scored a purpose, however was additionally tactically versatile working each to assist out the defence after which go on the counter-attack.
“We determined to defend with 5 out of respect for Inter’s system, not attempting to offer them the width that they have an inclination to get pleasure from a lot. Angelino doesn’t have the traditional physique of a defensive left-back, however he did effectively.
“We needed to be brave, assault, but in addition knew there have been moments the place we needed to defend and counter, as a result of that’s soccer.”
De Rossi reiterated he has a really totally different strategy to administration in comparison with predecessor Mourinho, who so usually made it appear as if Roma outcomes in opposition to the massive golf equipment have been unattainable.
“Luciano Spalletti was my mentor and he would at all times say after a defeat, you probably did effectively, however no compliments. You misplaced, go residence and it means it’s a must to work on one thing, as a result of defeats are hardly ever completely undeserved.
“It was very balanced, however in the end Inter got here out on high, so if we wish to attain their stage, we’ve to analyse this match and work on enhancing these defects.”
There are considerations over Roma’s health ranges, as in opposition to Verona and Salernitana they too risked fumbling a lead within the second half, though he hints that is additionally largely psychological.
“I have to work to enhance this, as evidently we didn’t press the precise buttons within the locker room. Going through Inter and anticipating to by no means be pushed again over 90 minutes is a little bit of a utopian imaginative and prescient, however we nonetheless should be aggressive and cease them passing it round calmly.
“We had made the defensive strikes effectively for the entire sport, however on the Angelino personal purpose, we ended up with Dybala having to trace again 70 metres to defend. That’s one thing we have to work on.”
Roma will face Feyenoord within the Europa League play-offs subsequent week, stepping down from the Champions League, however once more De Rossi stands proud and won’t stand for an underdog standing.
“We’re inferior to no person. In the event you take a look at the Europa League, there are massive golf equipment and squads, however we aren’t inferior to them. It’s two video games, we should be prepared with our legs and minds to tackle Feyenoord.”
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