25 Feb Roma players accused of ‘going missing’ by their coach Eusebio Di Francesco
Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco accused his players of going missing in the second half of their 2-0 home defeat by AC Milan.
Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria scored second half goals for the Rossoneri at the Stadio Olimpico.
“The team did well in the first half and didn’t give AC Milan any chances, but we were missing something in our final ball and didn’t have enough quality in the final third,” Di Francesco said in quotes carried on the club website.
“We went missing after they scored in the second half, which is worrying and something we should think about. We often look for excuses from a physical point of view, but the team were compact and played well in the first half.”
Roma slipped to fifth as a result of the defeat and Di Francesco is searching for answer’s to his side’s poor performance.
He added: “We can’t be calm and happy after today’s result. We weren’t expecting this game and this performance. The team fell apart after half-time, which is amazing to me. I’m disappointed about the scoreline and the defeat.
“We created dangerous chances in the first half but lacked conviction.”
AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso admitted his side did not have it all their own way in the first half.
He told the AC Milan website: “In the first half, Roma, at times, crushed us. We could and we had to play better, we were well on the pitch at the tactical level, but at the beginning we suffered.
“Roma are very strong but we were good at staying in the game.”
Gattuso praised his players for staying in the game and responding in the second half.
“The greatest satisfaction is to see the mentality and the reaction of the team.
“There are people who sacrificed themselves and struggled, they suffered because the way they worked was different: the first month was difficult, but the guys always listened to me in everything and now we do not lose for 12 games.”