Sunday January 5 2014
Sabatini: 'Juve are more mature'

Roma director Walter Sabatini confessed “Juventus are more mature and the best team” after a 3-0 result.

The Giallorossi had most of the possession in Turin, but failed to take their chances and are now eight points adrift.

“We played in a different way to previous visits, but the result was the same,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Roma’s first half performance was very good, then we conceded goals from a throw-in and a free kick, but we played like a great team.

“Juventus were more mature and showed their experience tonight, as we paid a heavy price for our distractions. We’ve got quality, but have to acknowledge the result.

“They are the best team, as they have proved over the last few years, but we believe that we can challenge them and the performance tonight proved it’s not an illusion.

“We must remember this is our first defeat of the season. We need to remember it and correct our mistakes.”

Sabatini was asked whether this defeat will mutate Roma’s transfer strategy in the January window.

“I had said we’d wait until this game to discuss matters with the Coach, but nothing changes. We will do what needs doing.”