Panucci - Roma's problems not solved yet

September 21, 2008

Roma defender Christian Panucci has warned his side's 3-0 win over Reggina on Saturday will not put an end to their problems.

However, he did admit that the long-awaited victory would boost morale among the squad.

Roma headed into the encounter in 17th spot in the standings following a dismal start to the campaign.

A 1-1 draw against Sampdoria and a 3-1 defeat at Palermo kicked off the domestic season and the poor form carried over to the Champions League with a shock 2-1 home defeat to competition debutants CFR Cluj in midweek.

Last term's Italian runners-up finally returned to winning ways on Saturday, with Panucci opening the scoring for Luciano Spalletti's team on the stroke of half-time.

But the 35-year-old insists his side's troubles are not yet behind them.

"The tension at Roma is very high, we all know it," he told Corriere dello Sport.

"Losing two games, one in the Champions League and one in the league, it seemed like we'd thrown away three years' work.

"Now we've won but we still haven't resolved our problems. These three points will give us morale. Now we have our feet on the ground."

On his goal the former Real Madrid player added: "I'm happy because we needed a win given that our start to the season had not been positive.

"It will serve as a relief for the group and it is most welcome."