Wojciech Szczesny admits Roma “didn’t keep our heads, but Porto were there for us to beat” in the Champions League play-off.
Thomas Vermaelen saw red in the first leg 1-1 draw, but Daniele De Rossi and Emerson Palmieri were sent off in a 3-0 home defeat.
“I’m very disappointed. It was a big game for us, but not just that we lost, the way we lost control of the game was very disappointing,” the goalkeeper told Mediaset Premium.
“We have to lift our heads and fight. I thought we were prepared for the game and Porto were there for us to beat. I don’t think we lost the game in terms of quality, but because we didn’t keep our heads.
“If you play down to 10 or even nine men, it’s very hard. At the end the players were dead. We tried our all, but those red cards cost us.”
Szczesny revealed that Coach Luciano Spalletti’s team talk before this game specifically warned against red cards.
“He told us to keep our heads and how important it was to finish with 11 players because of what happened in the previous game. It’s our fault for not doing the things we were told.
“We have to take responsibility for what happened today, because it wasn’t supposed to happen.”