Saturday September 29 2018
EDF: 'Roma reacted like men'

Eusebio Di Francesco said Roma “reacted as men, which is what I had asked for” after a 3-1 Derby della Capitale win over Lazio.

The team went into a training retreat for several days after the 2-0 defeat to Bologna, followed by a 4-0 win over Frosinone and this derby success.

“The decision to put the team together was to shake off fear and malcontent. We reacted as men today, which was what I had asked for,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We might cling to the market, form or any other excuse, but the fact remains this is the same team I had last season and we hadn’t been transformed so much.

“The most difficult moment of the match was Fazio’s error on the Immobile equaliser, but we were calm and knew we’d score again. We showed the character to remain in the game and not let our heads drop, so that proved we can get past obstacles and difficulties.

“We worked very hard on the attack, both in possession and out of possession. We had a meeting this morning to go back over some situations where we did well and others where we could’ve done better. Everyone has to track back and help out.

“This performance means the team hasn’t lost its identity or idea of football. I saw the difference in their faces and their eyes today, and it showed on the pitch.

Javier Pastore limped off in the first half and it was his replacement, Lorenzo Pellegrini, who effectively changed the game.

“He had a slight problem in his calf. From what I saw, I think it’s unlikely he’ll be fit for Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday, but my players do like to surprise me.

“When I was at Sassuolo, I used the 4-2-3-1 at times too and I knew Lorenzo Pellegrini could take that same role. I told him before the game he could be a replacement for either Daniele De Rossi or Javier Pastore, because we’d tested out those situations in training.

“I don’t expect Edin Dzeko to run for 100 metres, I know those aren’t his characteristics, so I try to get the others to give him the right service and work in the right way.”

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