Sunday November 25 2012
Zeman: 'Roma better in defence'

Zdenek Zeman feels Roma were “better on a defensive level than attacking” in their victory against his former club Pescara.

“Pescara never got a shot on goal and we created many chances, but altogether we did not play a great game,” said the Coach after their 1-0 win.

“We have got to eliminate those distractions so that we can grow consistently. We have to improve a great deal.”

Michael Bradley was surprisingly chosen to replace Panagiotis Tachtsidis while Daniele De Rossi is suspended.

“Bradley is a central midfielder and for 40 years I have been playing with this type of figure in front of the defence. I don’t see this as an enormous change from Tachtsidis. We also had to control Juan Fernando Quintero and we did that comfortably.

“The performance was better on a defensive level than attacking. At times Daniel Osvaldo and Mattia Destro keep the ball a bit too long, but they will improve their rapport on the field.”

Zeman was given a warm welcome at the Stadio Adriatico, having taken Pescara to promotion last season.

“I was very happy here and I’m pleased for them that we only won 1-0. Now I am at Roma and we must improve so we can cause trouble for every opponent.”