Saturday October 22 2011
Enrique: 'Derby is in Roma's past'

Luis Enrique is still smarting from the stoppage-time derby defeat and asks Roma to “out that in the past” before facing Palermo.

The Giallorossi had been finding their feet after a dismal start to the season, but fell 2-1 to arch-rivals Lazio in injury time last week.

“The derby is in the past now. Roma are ready to begin again,” said the Coach. “I liked the first 5-10 minutes, as we played at the right tempo, then after the 15 minute mark I didn't see the team I wanted. We went too deep.

“When something like this happens, I think we have to continue working. This is the right path and I must convince my players of that.

“It's not an easy journey to the top, we know that. If we can play well for 10 minutes, then we can do it long-term. We're working with patience and will see where we are in 8-9 months.

“I have no intention of changing our approach, as possession must remain the key and we will always try to impose our football on the game.”

In Rome the derby is a decisive moment of the campaign, though Enrique maintains he was pleasantly surprised by the reaction.

“After such an intense encounter, I thought it might be difficult to resume work, but the squad gave 100 per cent and is ready to face Palermo. We've got to be at the top of our game if we have any chance of winning.”

Francesco Totti missed the derby and is still out of action after a thigh strain, so Erik Lamela could receive his Roma debut.

“We started out with Totti and Miralem Pjanic, while Lamela is also a great player and it is possible to field all three at once. A team has to be balanced, but quality makes things easier.

“I have five players who can act as striker and only 11 players in total can start a game. I am very happy to have someone like Marco Borriello, or indeed the other forwards, at my disposal.”