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Roma, Di Francesco: “We simply lost control of the game”

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Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco was unhappy after his side lost 2-0 at home to Milan this Sunday evening.

Di Francesco discussed the match with Mediaset Premium.

“I thought we had a good first half and allowed Milan very little. We weren’t determined enough in our finishing, that is true. However, after the opening goal, we lost our way. That is something that has to make us think and think hard. It was not a physical issue, we simply lost control of the game. Obviously it’s an alarm bell. We cannot be happy with this result, nor our season overall. We expected a different performance in the second half. We lost our unity and I was surprised by that.

Milan did very little in the first half, whereas we created dangerous situations, but without the belief to finish them off.”

In a surprising move, Di Francesco opted to start summer signing Patrik Schick over Edin Džeko in attack for Roma.

“He had characteristics that could cause problems for their defenders. He went a bit too wide at times for a centre-forward and didn’t provide as much creativity as I expected. Dzeko needed a rest, but the problem was the whole team, as we lost our shape completely after the goal and the responsibility for that is mine. The difference was in the opening Milan goal, as Suso’s pass showed quality and Cutrone showed determination to get on the end of it. That’s what we were lacking.”

Roma’s recent form has been poor as after starting the season on par with Napoli and Juventus, the Giallorossi are now in fifth place and out of a Champions League position. In addition to this, Di Francesco’s Roma capitulated in the week as they conceded a 1-0 lead to Shakhtar Donetsk and lost 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 fixture.

Rumours have started to make the headlines that the Roma tacticians job is on the line.

“All coaches are up for debate the moment we sit on the bench. We are always responsible and therefore we are always up for debate.”

Roma lost the midfield battle, and Di Francesco was forced into a number of substitutions in the second half and this made Milan’s victory easier.

“[Radja] Nainggolan went off without a tooth and was feeling a little dizzy. I also had to introduce another forward and create more in attack. Radja isn’t having his best season at Roma, but this team does need him and he’ll find the right path.”

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