Ex-Roma star Ruggiero Rizzitelli has slammed Luis Enrique’s tactics. “It’s not possession football, it’s keep-ball.”
The former Barcelona B Coach is under fire after two consecutive defeats and fans called for his resignation.
“It hurts my heart to see Daniele De Rossi stuck among the defenders. It’s not possession football, it’s keep-ball, but in training you get a point for every 10 touches,” Rizzitelli told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Football is very different to a training exercise. It’s only natural the fans are starting to lose patience, especially in a demanding city like Rome.
“Either you give this ambitious project with many young players to an experienced Coach, or you do it outside of Rome. A side that has to win needs a solid skeleton and here the players are all out of position, disoriented and without certainty.
“If Enrique doesn’t want centre-forwards, then why do they have Marco Borriello? In defence the Spaniard wants people who can play the ball, but instead signed Simon Kjaer, who is a great marker with terrible feet.”
Another former Giallorossi great, Picchio De Sisti, also expressed his frustration with Luis Enrique.
“Keeping possession and never having a shot on goal will get you nowhere. The constant changes can only destabilise the squad, while using De Rossi like this is a total waste.”
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