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Eusebio di Francesco accepts he doesn’t know his right playing XI after 2-0 loss against Bologna

It’s difficult to accept but AS Roma is not leaving a good impression this season after reaching UEFA Champions League semifinal last season. There were lot of expectations from Giallorossi this season both in Serie A and Champions League, but they haven’t started well.

Roma only victory this season has come against Torino in their opening Serie A game. Since then, Eusebio di Francesco side haven’t won a single game whether it’s Serie A or Champions League.

They played 3-3 draw against Atalanta, lost 2-1 against AC Milan, played 2-2 draw against Chievo, and then lost 3-0 in UEFA Champions League fixture against Real Madrid. And to add to the pain, they lost today against Bologna as well despite dominating the game.

Giallorossi taken 26 shots and 8 of them were on target, but they failed to score. Bologna took their chances with Federico Mattiello and Federico Santander and they successfully win the game 2-0. It’s difficult to digest the defeat for any coach in the world and Eusebio di Francesco has the same reaction after the match.

He said as Football Italia reports, “If you have 74% of possession and lose 2-0, it means something is missing in your attitude. If you lose every duel with Bologna, then you were not determined enough.”

“I genuinely can’t tell you what system we’re going to use next time, because first and foremost I need to find the right men and then work around their characteristics. I don’t think a tackle is a tactical issue, it’s about desire, timing and fire. You can’t teach that, I’ve been a player and I know what it means to be out there.”

In another game of the day, Napoli earned a comfortable 3-1 victory over Torino thanks to Lorenzo Insigne brace and Simone Verdi goal. Lazio also had a great day as they enjoyed 4-1 victory over Genoa. Ciro Immobile hit a brace and Felipe Caicedo & Sergej Milinkovic-Savic each helped themselves with a goal to take their team to the fifth position on Serie A points table.

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