Kostas Manolas: ‘Roma were better than Real Madrid’

Roma defender Kostas Manolas felt his side were ‘better than Real Madrid’ but ‘if you do not take your chances then you are going to lose’.

The Greek defender was part of a side who were dominant for large spells of the match in Rome but a lack of clinical finish combined with sloppy defending saw Madrid run out two-goal winners.

“I can’t even say it was their first chance, as it was an unlucky ricochet and they scored a goal. We wasted three or four clear chances, we didn’t take the lead and they were clinical,” the Greek defender told Sky Sport Italia.

“After that, we fell away, it’s true, and they took control of the game. We are a young team, we need patience and have to earn a lot of experience.

“We were better than Real Madrid in the first half, a side that won the Champions League three years in a row, but if you are superior and don’t take your chances, you are going to lose.”

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