Luis Enrique says he had to drop Pablo Daniel Osvaldo against Fiorentina. “I’m not a dictator. Everyone must understand there are rules at Roma.”
The striker was suspended for 10 days and fined €50,000 for punching teammate Erik Lamela in the locker room after the 2-0 defeat to Udinese last week.
“The easiest thing to do would’ve been to impose a fine and get a bit of money off the player, but that’s just not possible,” said the Coach.
“It would’ve been better for us to have Osvaldo in Florence tomorrow, but he won’t be there. I don’t want events like this to be repeated in future.
“I am not a dictator. Osvaldo is the striker who has played the most this season, but Roma are a group and everyone must understand there are rules that must be respected. Those rules apply to everybody.”
Marco Borriello won’t be at the Stadio Franchi either and has barely featured this season.
“He has only trained twice, so he won’t play in Florence, but there is no problem with Borriello. We play with 11 and I have to make my choices.”
The lack of results has also prompted some Roma fans to turn against the former Barcelona B Coach.
“The newspapers may say some things, but I’ve never heard a bad word when meeting the fans. We know the results count, but I don’t try to be likeable or unlikeable. I just try to be myself and do my work.
“Undoubtedly there are leaders, but I don’t want to talk about individuals. I have to simply make my choices thinking about the team. Those who don’t play just have to work harder.”
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