Claudio Ranieri admits SPAL deserved to beat Roma, but “if we don’t qualify for the Champions League, quite a few will get a change of scenery.”
SPAL had also won at the Olimpico, so the only previous Serie A season in which they’d done the double over Roma was in 1965-66.
“We played against a team and we were not a team. Effort without organisation is not enough,” the caretaker manager told Sky Sport Italia after a 2-1 defeat.
“We lost practically every duel, especially the ones played to feet, and you could see their desperation. SPAL then tried to stall and waste time in the second half, which I fully understand in their circumstances.
“There are some players who don’t have these characteristics, others are lacking confidence at the moment, but between the two sides, SPAL were certainly more determined.”
The team from Ferrara had won just one of their last 18 rounds and were without a home victory since September 17.
More importantly, the Giallorossi have a serious problem against relegation-threatened clubs, losing to Bologna, Udinese and Cagliari, plus SPAL twice.
“We need to be more determined, more of a team and also improve our tactics, because we ran hard, but with no real reasoning and that’s not good enough.
“If Roma go into the Champions League, that is one thing. If they don’t, then quite a few will get a change of scenery. I’ve told the lads since the first day, they have to prove themselves.
“Today we lost against a team that was more humble, more determined, more desperate for points and was paid a lot less.
“I don’t know if there will be a revolution if Roma don’t qualify for the Champions League, but if they don’t get the revenue from that tournament, something will inevitably have to change.”
Both sides were awarded fairly soft penalties for pushes on Edin Dzeko and Andrea Petagna.
“We must try to create as little controversy and aim to help referees. The VAR officials watched it and made the same decision. I am positive about VAR, as if there are doubts, they and the fourth official can suggest the referee look again.”