Vincenzo Montella feels Roma struggled through “a thousand difficulties” in Catania as they wave goodbye to the Champions League.
Today's 2-1 defeat with the last kick of the game mathematically ruled them out of the race for fourth spot, while they must get a point against Sampdoria to be sure of the Europa League.
“Today we came to Catania amid a thousand difficulties, between injuries and suspensions,” said the tactician.
“I was forced into three substitutions during the game. Aleandro Rosi and Marco Cassetti were limping at the end because we had no more options. Fabio Simplicio was also staggering around.
“We need to have a clear head in analysing this season. We were unlucky with so many injuries and gave it our all to reach the Champions League, but we had to give in a week early.”
Question marks remain over who will be on the Roma bench next season, as Montella was promoted to his first senior Coaching role.
“On a personal level it was a big step forward for me, however this experience ends. I gave everything I could for Roma and didn't think about what it means for my own future.”
Montella has been linked with another of his former clubs, relegated Sampdoria, for next term.
“I have never been contacted by Samp, so for now it's all rumour, but I do have great affection for that club.”
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