Friday August 19 2011
Di Benedetto asks for Roma 'patience'

Roma fans “need patience” after their shock Europa League defeat, warns new President Thomas Di Benedetto.

The American investor completed his take-over of the club this week, but on Thursday the Giallorossi lost the first leg of their Euro play-off 1-0 to Slovan Bratislava.

“These fans are very much in love with the team and we love them,” Di Benedetto told Roma Channel.

“They need patience. The team was only just put together and it's not easy to play alongside new teammates. Roma's objective is to make the fans proud at how hard their side will battle.”

The club risks missing out on Europe this season if they do not turn around the 1-0 first leg away defeat.

“It is a great honour for me to have taken control of the club, as my associates and I are convinced we can do great things here. I stepped into the locker room and told the players we are proud of the way they are working.

“We're very happy to have these fans and want to build a team that makes them proud of going unbeaten.

“We want a side that can win because our directors and Coach Luis Enrique have built a good group, so they will work very hard and they will win.”

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