During Roma’s 4-0 victory, Daniele De Rossi angrily confronted Leandro Paredes and Romelu Lukaku on the touchline, criticizing their actions as “truly stupid.”
The new coach secured their third consecutive victory as they dominated Cagliari at the Stadio Olimpico, following wins against Verona and Salernitana.
After defeating Verona and Salernitana, the new coach secured their third consecutive victory by dominating Cagliari at the Stadio Olimpico.
In the early stages, there was an incident where Lukaku confronted defender Yerry Mina, bringing their foreheads together until the referee intervened and separated them.
De Rossi shouted at his players: “Think, we are leading the game, there’s no need to react.
In the second half, Mina knocked over Nicola Zalewski, and while he was on the ground, Nahitan Nandez tried to physically lift the Roma player back up, despite the referee signaling to continue play. This led to a scuffle, with Nandez and Paredes receiving yellow cards, prompting the coach to express his rage by kicking and throwing water bottles.
De Rossi told reporters: “Look, I like it when players try to defend their teammates, but when leading 4-0 they need to be intelligent.
“We need to clamp down on this sort of behaviour, because getting booked when you are 4-0 up is truly stupid. We cannot afford to lose any of these players.”
Adding to the frustration, Paredes was making his return after serving a Serie A suspension for accumulating yellow cards.
The Argentina international has a concerning disciplinary history, amassing 12 bookings in 29 competitive games this season, with 11 of them occurring in just 21 Serie A matches.