Dzeko: ‘Roma stop playing at times’

Edin Dzeko complained that Roma “stopped playing” for a while in the 3-0 win over Chievo, but urged the fans to support them.

Stephan El Shaarawy, Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov got the goals at the Stadio Bentegodi, but they were sitting on their lead for much of the first half.

“It’s difficult for us to experience a calm evening. The first half certainly wasn’t relaxed, even after going 2-0 up. For some reason, we just stop playing.

“Antonio Mirante made a great save from close range, too, otherwise Chievo would’ve scored,” Dzeko told Sky Sport Italia.

“After such a bad performance in the Coppa, we showed against Milan that we can be a solid and united team. Tonight we scored three goals, but it’s never easy to win in Serie A, especially away from home.

“It’s a tough race up there, with more sides involved than usual, but it doesn’t matter what they do if we don’t get our results, so we have to focus on ourselves.”

Kolarov celebrated his goal with a sarcastic bow towards the ultras who had been insulting him, as the fallout from that 7-1 Coppa Italia defeat to Fiorentina continues to cause tension.

“Much like the fans, we aren’t happy with some of our performances either, but they are our 12th man, we need them and hope they’ll be cheering us on next week.”

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