Claudio Ranieri concedes “Palermo were better on the night, but I'd only be worried if we were always like this.”
Roma fell 3-1 at the Stadio Barbera and have been leapfrogged in the standings by the Sicilians.
“There really is only one way of analysing this match. We didn't too so badly in the first half, though Palermo always had good counters and we were a little slow,” said the Coach.
“After the break we really did badly and Palermo deserved the victory. We were sluggish and the only times we did break rapidly, a foul would stop us in our tracks. I'd only be worried if we were always like this, but that is not the case.”
Emotional and physical fatigue probably set in after their epic 3-2 Champions League comeback against Bayern Munich.
“We were coming off a midweek game and Palermo prepared very well for this match. Still, there were no signs pointing to a night like this.
“The lads were concentrated and beaten by an excellent Palermo side who were better on the night. I'd rather say we didn't get the wrong approach, but that Palermo were simply superior this evening.”
The result puts a big dent in Ranieri's dreams of capturing the Scudetto, even though most of the top teams failed to win this weekend.
“I don't know if we can achieve the miracle, as we need the kind of consistency that we should've found in tonight's game. If we had won, it would've been a clear signal to the rest of the League.”
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