NEWS
Saturday February 23 2019
EDF: 'Roma can't keep doing this'

Eusebio Di Francesco warned Roma “risked a draw or even a defeat” in the 3-2 win at Frosinone. “We can’t keep getting away with this type of performance.”

It was a nightmare start for the Giallorossi in this regional derby, as they went behind just five minutes in to a Robin Olsen howler on Camillo Ciano’s strike.

Edin Dzeko and Lorenzo Pellegrini turned it around with two goals in 72 seconds, then Andrea Pinamonti made the most of terrible defending for 2-2.

Deep into stoppages, Dzeko bundled a Stephan El Shaarawy cross over the line with his thigh for the 3-2 victory.

“Obviously, I prefer a very different type of performance, but this is a difficult period of the season and the windy conditions did not help either team to play good football,” the Coach told DAZN and Sky Sport Italia.

“Frosinone are scrapping for every point to secure safety and I know what that is like. We made too many mistakes and should’ve approached the game better, as we risked a draw or even a defeat. We always find a way to make life more complicated for ourselves with distractions.

“The positive from this evening is that we won, but I do hope he can start to play much better football from now on. The second goal came from our own set play and our positioning was off, Daniele De Rossi misread the situation.

“We had the game in hand and should’ve finished it off rather than just tried to control it. We’ve shown over the season that we are a team capable of scoring goals, but also of conceding them. We’ve got to improve and we can’t keep getting away with this type of performance.

“I was impressed not just by Dzeko’s goals, but above all the way he tried to drag everyone forward, to lead the team on the field. He always has to do that.”

Next week, Roma will face rivals Lazio in the Derby della Capitale, then have the second leg of their Champions League clash with FC Porto on March 6.

It remains to be seen if Manolas will be in either of those games, as he was stretchered off today with a sprained right ankle.

“I saw them putting ice on it, but the ankle had swollen up. We’ll have to evaluate it and see what happens.”

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