AS Roma boss Daniele De Rossi admits that Inter was superior but claims that Roma is on the right trajectory.
Daniele De Rossi expressed his belief that Roma is heading in the right direction but emphasized the importance of learning from their mistakes after their 4-2 defeat against Inter. He referenced his mentor, Luciano Spalletti, who often emphasized that defeats are seldom entirely undeserved.
De Rossi had stated prior to the match that the goal was to show Inter that Roma is a formidable team. His aggressive approach indeed caused significant difficulties for the league leaders.
“We need to play football and there are many positive responses from this game, but also responses that show we can never lower our intensity if we want to fight it out with these great opponents,” De Rossi told DAZN.
De Rossi names former Roma boss Spalletti as his mentor
The coach had secured victories in all three games since replacing Jose Mourinho and led 2-1 at halftime against the Serie A leaders. Gianluca Mancini and Stephan El Shaarawy had turned the game around after Francesco Acerbi’s initial opener. However, Marcus Thuram leveled the score and later caused Angeliño to score an own goal. Finally, Alessandro Bastoni’s last-minute counter-attack sealed a 4-2 victory.
“I think the game was substantially very even, there were moments where either team had the upper hand. I am proud of the lads, they gave their all and the crowd realised it too. When they recognise you put the effort in, they let you know, they don’t do it as a favour.
“I am also not saying I am proud of these lads because they are underdogs or anything. I am proud because they put in a great performance against a very strong team. And I believe we are on the right track.”
De Rossi emphasized that his management approach differs significantly from his predecessor Mourinho’s. While Mourinho often portrayed Roma’s results against top clubs as unattainable, De Rossi holds a contrasting perspective.
“Luciano Spalletti was my mentor and he would always say after a defeat, you did well, but no compliments. You lost, go home and it means you have to work on something, because defeats are rarely totally undeserved.
“It was very balanced, but ultimately Inter came out on top, so if we want to reach their level, we have to analyse this match and work on improving those defects.”