Di Francesco Slams Roma Players

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Eusebio Di Francesco has slammed his players for their display in the 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk at Kharkiv.

Roma looked set to secure a win, after Cengiz Under scored the opener before the break, however, Shakhtar Donetsk came back roaring in the second half.

Ferreyra and Fred scored two stunning goals to get the win and maintain their perfect run at home in the UCL.

Brilliant saves from Alisson and a fantastic goal line clearance from Bruno Peres spared Roma more goals, and Di Francesco does not understand why they fell apart.

“We dropped badly after their [first] goal, but not just physically, above all psychologically,” Di Francesco told Mediaset Premium .

“In the first 50 minutes we played to hurt Shakhtar, in the second we played to control – what we were supposed to be controlling, I don’t know.

“I am not at all satisfied with the second half. We made far too many mistakes, above all with those players who have experience at this level. It was like seeing two different teams.

“I cannot think we are presumptuous when winning such an important game, it’s not as if Roma are accustomed to getting into the round of 16. It was more that we abandoned what we had planned before the match.

“After the equaliser, I should’ve substituted half the team. Shakhtar are very dangerous when attacking, we knew that, but it was our play that was the problem with too many mistakes and our passing was not at all clean.”



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