Sunday September 11 2011
Enrique: 'Roma, I take the blame'

Luis Enrique admits he cannot answer the questions about how long Roma will take to work. “I take the blame, as I am the Coach.”

The Giallorossi were already on edge after their Europa League play-off exit and controversy with Francesco Totti, so losing 2-1 on home turf to Cagliari in the Serie A opener was a disaster.

“We held so much possession, especially in the second half, but couldn't take our chances,” said the Spaniard.

“I have been asked the same question since I got here: how long will it take? I have a good squad and am certainly disappointed with the result, especially for the fans.

“However, I cannot answer that question. I do not know how long it will take to develop this project. The club did not ask me for any objectives this season.

“We started a project and I realise I am an inexperienced Coach, but I am putting in the work and will continue to do so. I am optimistic and modest.

“It was my fault, without a shadow of doubt. The whole team attacks as a unit and when they do not score, it is not just the fault of the strikers, but above all the Coach and everyone right down to the goalkeeper.

“Similarly, when we concede, everyone is to blame including the forwards and midfielders.”

Enrique is trying to bring the Barcelona mentality to Roma, but there seemed to be sterile possession and late on no width.

“We were down to 10 men, so with five minutes to go I like to keep possession. I think that is the way to get a goal. I have no regrets, as my players took the right approach at that stage.”

Jose Angel had a good game on his Serie A debut, but in a dreadful couple of minutes he gave away a goal and was harshly sent off for kicking out at Davide Biondini.

“He played very well and in all honesty I think the red card came from his frustration at conceding that goal. Seeing the footage, in my view it really was not a straight red card.”

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