Luis Enrique was in ebullient mood after Roma’s impressive victory. “I am satisfied with both performance and result.”
The Giallorossi created numerous opportunities, but only scraped the 2-1 result against Lecce, partly because Pablo Daniel Osvaldo’s spectacular overhead kick was incorrectly ruled offside.
“I am satisfied with both performance and result, which I think was very slender considering all that we created,” said the Coach.
“You have to put the ball in the net for it to count, but I saw the team is improving. Knowing how to suffer under pressure is also an important quality.
“It’s a terrible shame for Osvaldo, as he played a very complete game today and I am told the goal was valid. It was an incredible finish.
“Erik Lamela is very young, but he can get past his man and is an important player, so we hope in future he can become an incredible player.
“It was very important to win tonight and confirm the progress we made against Novara,” continued Enrique.
Roma have a tricky quartet of Serie A matches coming up against Udinese, Fiorentina, Juventus and Napoli.
“Today our real journey begins and we next face Udinese, a very strong side. Will the next four matches decide our potential? No, because if we win those and then lose all the others, we’ll be in Serie B.
“There is a lot of work to be done and we want to be a great side. I want to see this performance for the whole season.”
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