Wednesday February 16 2011
Ranieri: 'We did all we possibly could'

Claudio Ranieri feels Roma did “everything we possibly could, so I am satisfied with the squad. We won't give in.”

Their Champions League qualification hopes are hanging by a thread after a 3-2 home defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.

“The team did everything it was meant to do. We knew Shakhtar's counter-attacks would cause us problems,” said the Coach after a third straight defeat in all competition.

“We conceded a goal thanks to a double deflection, so those small incidents do change the game.

“We must accept this bitter defeat, but we did everything we possibly could, so I am satisfied with the squad. We were unable to equalise, but we will not give in.”

The Ukrainians are the surprise outfit of this season, having topped their group ahead of Arsenal with one loss and five wins.

“Douglas Costa is a phenomenon with a great left foot and is so quick in getting his finish away. Shakhtar have a very important future ahead of them and they kept hitting us between the lines, while they pass it around like Barcelona.

“We should've been more solid, but split apart for the first goal. Roma played a marvellous second half, but it all went against us.”

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