Sunday April 10 2011
Rossi: 'Palermo lost concentration'

Delio Rossi shrugged off Palermo's football suicide in stoppages, throwing away a 2-0 lead in four minutes.

“We dominated the match and six minutes from the end it was in our hands. I realise there may be disappointment, but look beyond that today we had a few problems and introduced some young players,” he said of the 2-2 draw with Cesena.

“I wanted to see the team playing in a certain way and they did. Tactically we did very well, but I think what happened in stoppages was purely about concentration.”

The dramatic finale raised tempers at the final whistle, as players from the bench engaged in a scuffle, apparently prompted by the ‘over-celebration' of the Cesena staff.

“That happened behind me, so I can only talk about what happened on the field. It's difficult to talk to the players after a game like this.

“Fabio Liverani is very good at organising the side and I needed quality in midfield, because we didn't have forward players like Javier Pastore today, so he had a chance.”

Rossi returned after a 35-day spell to replace Serse Cosmi, as President Maurizio Zamparini admitted it was a mistake to fire him.

“I have barely spoken to Zamparini. He called me and I said I'd be ready to return, only after talking to the players. I came back for three reasons.

“I hadn't been sacked in 11 years, so I like finishing something I have started. I feel affection for the fans and didn't want to ‘betray' them, while I felt the same for the players.

“We haven't discussed the future. “

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