Wednesday September 13 2017
‘Roma must read games better’

Goalkeeper Alisson believes Roma “must learn how to read games better” after their stalemate with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Alisson was praised for ensuring none of Atleti’s 11 shots on target went past him, including a late stop to deny a Saul Niguez header from close range.

“Thank you for your compliments, but I just did what I had to do,” he told Roma TV.

“I entered the field not to concede a goal, and I thank my teammates who helped me by defending so ruthlessly.

“That counts for so much and I’m happy with my debut in the Champions League, in a game like this.

“We leave with our heads held high, we had a good game. We eventually struggled a bit because Atletico defended very well.

“In the first half, we had more possession without creating much. We need to grow more. Qualification possible? We’re in the race, we’ve just started.

“We can’t drop any more points at home. Now we’re thinking about our next game against Qarabag: we don’t know much about them.

“We have to do well in the League and reach the game with confidence. What changed in the second half? I don’t think it was our physical condition.

“Not having played in the League makes you lose your rhythm, but they changed the way they played and we struggled.

“We must learn how to read games better. What was my most difficult save? There’s no easier save for a goalkeeper, but perhaps on Saul’s header.”

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