Luis Enrique is not at all upset by Roma’s latest setback. “It was a defeat, nothing more. I don’t think we were worse than Udinese.”
It was a very even encounter until the final 11 minutes, when Antonio Di Natale and Mauricio Isla secured a 2-0 result at the Stadio Friuli.
“It was a defeat, nothing more. I don’t think we were worse than Udinese. The opening goal came when Simon Kjaer picked up an injury and with that situation we had to risk even more. It’s not the right result,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“Tonight the full-backs were ordered to be more wary of potential counter-attacks. I think we did a good job and I’m happy with the performance. We knew Udinese were at the top level and in fact they are the Serie A leaders.
“I don’t think we saw the best Udinese today, partly thanks to our attitude and hard work. Our away record is not very strong, but that is part of the process and is perfectly normal. We knew this wouldn’t be easy.
“We created some scoring opportunities here and the draw would’ve been the right result. Clearly we have to improve and we will.”
Daniele De Rossi said it was too early into this project for Roma to win anything, but Enrique was not so sure.
“I am never pessimistic. If I look at the first training session and what we are doing today, there is a big difference. At the same time, I’m not making empty promises. I think both the result and how you achieve victory are important. Then results will tell us if we are able to rise up the standings or not.”
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