Daniele De Rossi admits he kept celebrations muted after the winner against Sampdoria, in case it was offside, but Roma’s victory “feels like it’s worth double.”
The captain bundled the ball over the line after Emil Audero’s one-handed save on a Patrik Schick header, the only goal of the game at Marassi.
“It’s a result that is good for the standings, but also good for the morale of the team and the fans. It boosts enthusiasm,” De Rossi told Roma TV and DAZN.
“Last year I was here having to explain a red card that cost us two points, this year I’m here celebrating a goal that gives us two points.
“I am happy with the approach. We can certainly play better than this, but we’ll get there, and right now the most important thing is picking up as many points as possible.”
There was a delay after the goal, as the VAR booth checked if he was offside.
“When you celebrate a goal nowadays, you are always thinking to yourself, will I look like an idiot if they disallow it? But I welcome these instruments , which eliminated a lot of injustice and controversy. We kept the celebrations a little contained, as we were afraid it might be offside.
“We might not be playing the way we want to yet, but if we give our all, it’s difficult for anyone to face Roma. When you don’t have time to get your tactics smooth and spot-on, you have to make up for it with determination and aggression.”
This victory puts Roma within a point of fourth place, as Milan lost to Juventus today, while Inter-Atalanta is on Sunday.
“Milan lost, either Inter or Atalanta will drop points tomorrow, so as we reach the final stages of the season, every victory feels like it’s worth double.”