Saturday May 18 2019
Ranieri: 'Roma tried everything'

Claudio Ranieri felt Roma “gave everything we had, but some seasons things just don’t go your way” after a 0-0 draw at Sassuolo.

Their chances of reaching the Champions League are now extremely slim and even a place in the Europa League is not to be taken for granted.

“We tried everything until the end, it’s a pity. I cannot have asked for more from the lads, as they particularly played well in the second half,” the Coach told DAZN.

“The regrets are always the three points. Roma are a very good team, but there are seasons when things just don’t go your way. You miss clear-cut chances, you hit the woodwork…

“I like to press opponents high too, but this is what the team is capable of right now and these players gave all they had. I don’t agree with those who say we sit back and defend, because we are simply waiting for the right moment to unleash our energy.

“It was not an easy game for us or for them, as Sassuolo play very good one or two touch football, that is their main strength. We had to wait to press them later in the game, because we had to spread our energy out over the 90 minutes, especially under heavy rain.

“I tried to throw on all the resources I had. Our substitutions proved fruitful against Juventus, but not so much tonight.”

Daniele De Rossi remained on the bench in his penultimate match, just days after Roma confirmed they were not offering him a new contract.

This created a very tense atmosphere with repeated fan protests, including several during the game this evening.

“I never even considered playing him tonight, as I wanted De Rossi ready for Sunday. I invite all the fans to his party next weekend. It’s natural that Daniele isn’t happy right now, but I tried to encourage the lads to focus and maintain their self-belief.

“Roma will resume from a strong base, but I don’t know how the club will act on the transfer market.”