Eusebio Di Francesco admits Roma ‘weren’t at the races’ in the first half against Bologna and that their 2-1 win on Monday ‘must serve as a lesson for us’.
Bologna squandered several chances early on and were ultimately made to pay for their profligacy as Roma emerged victorious with Aleksandar Kolarov and Federico Fazio goals, despite Nicola Sansone’s late consolation.
“I must say that in the first half, we weren’t at the races,” Di Francesco said after the game, which lifted the Giallorossi to fifth in Serie A, a point behind Milan.
“We made too many mistakes and deserved to be trailing. We weren’t very polished, we shot from distance when we couldn’t got into the box. We took the wrong steps.
“We seem to be winning games that I don’t like, but in the second half the team were better after we changed something tactically.
“It’s a game that must serve as a lesson for us, but it was important to bring home the three points.
“It’s a step back from the game against Porto. We’d changed little compared to our Champions League match and maybe this is the result: mental clarity can make the difference.
“De Rossi? It’s clear that he needs looking at on a daily basis. He trains and then skips a session.
“Champions League race? Ultimately all the teams involved will fight until the end of the season.
“Milan have sent out an important signal and we couldn’t afford to lose track, so we’re happy with the three points.”
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