Roma Coach admits side were ‘lucky’

Roma Coach Eusebio Di Franseco has admitted his team enjoyed ‘a little luck’ in holding Atletico Madrid to a scoreless draw.

The Serie A outfit’s defence held firm in the face of heavy pressure from Diego Simeone’s team and despite the visitor’s dominance, they could not find a breakthrough during the match.

“We were facing a strong side like Atletico, we had a little luck at the end, getting back perhaps the luck we missed against Inter, and the goalkeeper made some great saves,” Di Fransesco told Mediaset Premium.

“I was forced to change system (played a 3-5-2), as we could no longer contain their runs, but we did find more balance.

“For 60 minutes we did well, then we struggled towards the end, but when you have a certain mentality and try to keep hold of the ball, playing out of defence, it is risky and we made some errors that should not have been done.

“It’s important not to misplace passes, then at a certain stage Alisson was decisive. He’s a fine goalkeeper and we’re glad to have him with us.

“I honestly am wondering myself why we aren’t better in terms of fitness levels. If you look at the players who held out better, they were Diego Perotti and Juan Jesus, who were at pre-season training with me.

“I think with consistency and hard work, we’ll get in better shape, but we will evaluate it and try to improve the fitness levels, which in my view were decisive today.”

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