Daniele De Rossi hailed Coach Rudi Garcia for giving Roma “the right mentality” after their 3-2 win over Napoli.
The Giallorossi had been leading 2-0, but Gervinho’s late strike secured the 3-2 result in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final.
“It is a great advert for sport and wonderful to play against such an open team. We must compliment Napoli, as they have a lot of quality and kept fighting,” the midfielder told Rai Sport.
“It wasn’t easy to concede a goal like that straight after the restart, but after the 2-2 we replied very well and won a very difficult game.
“To win 3-2 is very important, certainly compared to the possibility of taking a 2-2 to Naples.”
Roma continued their remarkable streak, as they have lost only one game all season between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.
“We’ve always had the technique and the quality over the last two years, but we missed the right mentality. That is something the Coach has given us and we players have fed, helping it to grow so that we can play games like this.
“We can make mistakes, but now we get up and fight back.”
The second leg of the semi-final will be at the Stadio San Paolo on February 12.
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