Sunday February 22 2015
Sabatini: 'Roma not working'

Roma director Walter Sabatini ignored Scudetto questions and discussed why Mattia Destro left for Milan.

He spoke to Sky Sport Italia after today’s 1-1 draw at Hellas Verona, which left them nine points adrift of leaders Juventus.

The top two go head-to-head next Monday, so will it be the first match point for Juventus?

“I think so, but let’s steer well clear of this issue for the moment, as we only approached it during a moment of happiness and good humour.

“Now we have to focus on protecting second place and going to Rotterdam to get past Feyenoord in the Europa League. We must be serious and focused, with few words and preferably some action.”

This was Roma’s sixth draw in the last seven games, so why do they now seem incapable of winning?

“Because some things don’t work the way they used to. The team always tries to play attacking football, but we’re not managing it at the moment and moves don’t go the way we want. We have to hope this moment will pass.

“I made a mistake in January by not reflecting carefully on the fitness levels of Seydou Doumbia and Victor Ibarbo. If that turns out to be a deadly error, we’ll see at the end of the season.”

Does Sabatini now regret the decision to send striker Destro to Milan in the transfer window?

“With Destro it wasn’t so much a football decision, because we wanted to give some breathing space to a player who was feeling oppressed by many things it’s difficult to explain.

“Roma is a tough place to play in, it’s very demanding and at times this lad was blamed for things that weren’t his fault.”

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