Roma manager rips into team after Champions League loss to Real Madrid

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Luciano Spalletti doesn’t want to hear about moral victories after Roma fell to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.

Roma entered Tuesday’s second leg of the Round of 16 down 2-0 to Real Madrid, and had plenty of chances — some golden — to topple the Spanish giants.

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But Edin Dzeko missed, and electric Mohamed Salah brought everything but his finishing touch. What could’ve been a historic mile marker for Roma became a loss.

Spalletti was unhappy, thinking his players were satisfied with coming close (as close as 4-0 over two legs can be conceived).

From the BBC:

“We are weak and at the first sign of difficulty we cannot be the team that we need to be. It is not as if Real Madrid are going through a great period of form and at the moment they are not irresistible.

“When I come back into the dressing room after the final whistle and see the players satisfied because they will get compliments for the performance, this creates a disappointment and pain in me that I cannot reconcile.”

Spalletti’s comments fit in neatly with the many across the world that criticize weak-willed and easily-satisfied players. He’s absolutely correct, by the way. Roma should be rueing their misses, not happy to stick with a good side.