Luis Enrique has “absolute faith” in the Roma players after their setback against Juventus, as they prepare to face Bologna on Sunday.
The Giallorossi’s successful run of results was interrupted by a 3-0 Coppa Italia quarter-final mauling, fuelling reports in the local media that the squad had been out partying.
“I have absolute faith in what my players do in their private lives and I am aware of their nights out. The players train hard and there is nothing wrong, otherwise I’d have said so,” commented the Coach in his press conference.
“I’m pleased that the players go out to dinner together. Every day I see the way they behave and the fans have nothing to worry about. I see continual improvements and it is a pleasure to train this squad. I am convinced they’ll give 100 per cent against Bologna.
“I expect a very difficult game, as they have a lot of quality in attack. We’ve got to start the second half of the season with a victory.”
Erik Lamela was also criticised after his red card for kicking out at Giorgio Chiellini during the Coppa Italia tie.
“Lamela knows he made a mistake, but if it can happen to a 35-year-old player, then it certainly can to a 19-year-old.
“Daniele De Rossi might not even be ready for the next match, as the most important thing is to have him recovered and ready for the rest of the season.”
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