EDF: ‘Roma learn from Juve mentality’

Eusebio Di Francesco warned Roma must improve in their mentality to close the gap on Juventus. “We must treat victories and defeats the same way.”

The Giallorossi have secured a Champions League spot for next season and were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Scudetto winners Juventus this evening.

“What Juve have more than anyone else in Italy is the mentality that has been built up over the years,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“They also have a strong club behind them and manage to remain united even during difficult moments. I think it’s decisive that they are able to wash their dirty laundry in private and that is something all clubs ought to do, taking this mentality as an example.

“I think this evening we played well. Perhaps we weren’t quite as sharp when making the most of the times we won back possession, but we did control the game to a degree.

“Roma have grown over the last year, but we mustn’t stop now. We can shrink the gap with Juventus by improving the squad and our mentality, setting rules and ensuring they are respected.

“Not thinking that the most talented players should sit on a podium and be watched by the others, but making everyone feel as if they are essential. We tried to create that idea.

“We’ve got to break away from this tendency to get depressed easily and then get over-excited by two wins in a row. We must treat victories and defeats in the same way, not look back at what has been done, but forward to what we still can achieve.”

Di Francesco has been linked to clubs in the Premier League after his impressive Champions League run, so will he sign a new deal with Roma?

“That is the least of my worries right now, but I am convinced we’ll reach an agreement. My main desire is to continue here at Roma and I think everyone shares that view.”

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