EDF: ‘Positive Roma performance’

Eusebio Di Francesco still saw “a positive performance” from Roma, despite their 2-1 Coppa Italia defeat to Torino and another missed penalty.

The Giallorossi were certainly unlucky, rattling the woodwork twice, but Vanja Milinkovic-Savic performed a series of wonderful saves in goal.

“It’s a pity, because we created a great and got the defending wrong on their set plays, but considering what the team created and the way we dominated the game, it was a positive performance,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

“It was also our own fault that we didn’t finish our chances and we must be more determined in front of goal.”

This was the third consecutive penalty not converted by Dzeko, who had only just come off the bench.

“As he wasn’t in the starting XI, he was not the designated penalty taker today, but when a player feels he’s up for it and confident of scoring, it’s right that he should take it. Unfortunately, this could now weigh on him psychologically.”

It is also a blow for the whole team ahead of Saturday’s Serie A showdown with Juventus.

“There is disappointment that we didn’t continue in the Coppa Italia, but I’d have been more worried if our performance had been entirely negative.

“We showed the usual problems in front of goal, but were also very unlucky. It’s true we allowed Torino a little more than usual with our defending. There were some distractions, but I can’t say the team didn’t do what I asked.”

Patrik Schick scored his first goal in a Roma jersey, but also wasted several golden opportunities.

“He needed the goal and he moved really well both as a centre-forward and when Dzeko came on. He needs to play and the goal is a confidence boost for him.”