Wednesday April 25 2012
Enrique: 'I am responsible'

Luis Enrique insists he is “the only one responsible” for Roma’s crisis and fans staged a protest after the 2-1 home defeat to Fiorentina.

Tempers were already frayed after a 4-0 demolition at the hands of Juventus on Sunday evening, so today’s latest setback effectively ruled the Giallorossi out of the Champions League race.

“It was difficult for the fans to understand the final result,” Luis Enrique told Sky Sport Italia.

“I can only praise the fans and the way they have supported both team and Coach. It’s only natural they should show sadness right now.

“Can I change something? The way I see it, the day a Coach becomes a problem, then it’s a difficult moment. We can understand their sadness because we have played below our capabilities.

“It’s also difficult to play when the squad can lose confidence. At half-time we made a few small changes and after the break we played much better, but it can happen when pushing to win that we leave something at the back for a counter.

“It would’ve been wonderful to win today, but we were unlucky. I have nothing to say, this is football.

“What is my objective now? It’s a shame, as when we could really get into the race, we were not up to the task. After a defeat like this it is also difficult for me to explain.

“Clearly our objective is to get into the Europa League for next season. It’ll be tough, as these defeats hurt, but we will try.

“I came to Roma in order to do my best and never sought to justify myself. If anyone is responsible for this situation, then it is me. I am the only one.”

There are further problems for this weekend’s meeting with Champions League chasing Napoli, as Daniele De Rossi and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo will be suspended.

There was also a banner at the final whistle that read: ‘Luis Enrique, if you are a real man then you will resign.’

“Of course I am a real man, but I have to be a real Coach too and right now what counts is this work. I have a lot of faith in myself, but the results say I can do better and this is my responsibility.”

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