Sunday October 21 2012
Zeman: 'Real De Rossi and Osvaldo'

Zdenek Zeman was content with Roma’s fightback and the ‘real’ Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Daniele De Rossi. “Unfortunately I didn’t have them earlier.”

The Coach caused shockwaves when he dropped both stars for the 2-0 win over Atalanta, insisting they did not show sufficient work rate or determination. They returned to the starting XI for tonight’s 4-2 victory in Genoa and Osvaldo bagged a brace.

“In my view these are the ‘real’ Osvaldo and De Rossi. Unfortunately I didn’t have them earlier, but I am happy they reacted,” shrugged Zeman.

“Will I start dropping more players? It depends on their behaviour, not mine.”

The Giallorossi were 2-0 down at Marassi after 15 minutes only to fight back for a thrilling 4-2 victory.

“I think the team overall played well, as it wasn’t easy to react when 2-0 down straight away. I continue to say this team is competitive, though obviously the players have to show their quality on the field and so far that hasn’t happened completely.

“The way I see it the team can challenge everyone, even if it means losing. The problem against Juventus was that we didn’t even try to challenge.

“You have been asking me about Francesco Totti’s position since the summer. He cannot play just wide left, so he finds space between the lines and finds his position, like an intelligent player can. That way he cannot be man-marked either.”

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