Eusebio Di Francesco complained Roma “should’ve been more determined and Atletico Madrid simply wanted it more. Euphoria is good, arrogance is not.”
The Giallorossi only needed a point to go through to the Last 16 of the Champions League, but were beaten 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.
“Let’s not forget the quality of the Atletico players. We did really well until their first goal, but were too imprecise with our passing and should’ve been more determined in the final third.
“They created very little other than from set plays until that goal out of nowhere,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.
Antoine Griezmann scored a stunning volley and then sent Kevin Gameiro through to score the second. Were Roma too euphoric after winning the derby at the weekend?
“Euphoria is good, but arrogance is not. We made too many mistakes today, but I would also remind people that anyone who faces Atletico Madrid is forced to play badly. We went down to 10 men too, and that was a pity.”
Edin Dzeko hasn’t found the net in a month now, so is there a problem with the Bosnian?
“Dzeko will score, he just needs to not think about it. I understand that’s difficult for a striker, but that is the way through. We didn’t create enough chances because we got the final ball wrong.
“Aside from the results, I feel when we can be aggressive in a venue like this, we need to be sharper in the final pass and keep our cool. Atleti needed the victory, that was their only result available and they wanted it more than we did on the night.”
Di Francesco defended his choices at the Wanda Metropolitano, as he rested Stephan El Shaarawy, Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman.
“We always had a good response from the squad rotation until now. I think we fell away in the last half-hour, I don’t need to give anyone a response.
“I have to focus on continuing to instil this mentality in my players and make sure they don’t believe they’ve become the finished article. It’s a constant work in progress.”
Qualification is still in their hands, as a win over Qarabag will be enough to go through, or any result as long as Atletico Madrid don't beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.