Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco has blamed his team’s lack of killer instinct for their 2-2 draw with Chievo Verona on Sunday.
AS Roma now have just two points from the last three matches after another disappointing result.
The home side blew a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 but was lucky as they nearly conceded another goal in the last minute of the game.
“It all seemed to be under control, but those are the situations I really don’t like, because we need to learn to kill off matches,” Eusebio Di Francesco told the Roma website.
“We concede goals far too easily. We barely allowed anything to Chievo other than shots from distance and a deflected cross. We cut off their passing channels, but the worst thing you can do is think you’re in control and then not finish it off.
“I was trying to keep the concentration up, even if we had gone to 3-0. We had so many chances to seal it and then conceded on a half-chance. Valter Birsa was able to curl the ball into the corner where our goalkeeper couldn’t reach.”
Roma’s confidence is shot, so it’s the worst way to go into a Champions League opener against Real Madrid.
“These results can dent the players’ confidence and ability to read the game. We must improve, as the team plays good football, but then has to score four or five to avoid tension at the end.
“We didn’t score four or five, so Chievo stayed alive, and we cannot afford that in Madrid. We’ve got to build on a strong defence.
“The plan today was to spread the play out wide, but it only partially paid off.”