Saturday September 29 2012
Zeman: 'Juventus were superior'

Zdenek Zeman held his hands up after Roma’s 4-1 demolition in Turin. “Juventus were clearly superior for the entire match.”

The Giallorossi were humiliated this evening and 3-0 down after just 19 minutes.

“We tried to play our game and didn’t manage it. Juventus were clearly superior for the entire match,” confessed the Coach.

“We didn’t defend, nor attack effectively, so were always under pressure.  The problem is finding the style of play, as if we don’t defend together then the gaps emerge and the team gets stretched out.

“The same happens if we don’t play the ball quickly. We are working, but this game was terrible. Conceding three goals in the space of seven minutes would knock anyone down.”

Zeman insisted this was not the real Roma and his concept of football has not yet been seen.

“Are my ideas old-fashioned? When I see the team play with my ideas, then I can give a judgement, but tonight I saw very little of what we do in training. Maybe Juventus were so scary that we were unable to express our ideas.”

The tactician was asked whether he might’ve preferred to stay with Pescara, who he took to promotion, rather than take on the pressure of this job.

“I am happy to be at Roma and convinced the team will be able to express itself. Naturally games like this can help us to learn and I hope the players realise they didn’t do enough tonight.

“We never won a challenge and if you go into a game with Juve lacking determination, then you’ll get nowhere.

“We were certainly sluggish and that is one of the reasons why we can’t create a chance with speed. I knew Juventus were at a more advanced stage, as they know each other well, while we are a work in progress.”

Francesco Totti was surprisingly substituted in the second half.

“I took Totti off because I thought the match could not be recovered, so it was smart to rest him.”

Zeman has long been a bitter rival for Juventus fans and was given a typically frosty welcome in Turin.

“I didn’t hear any chants. Maybe I had something in my ear.”

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