Print and go back ESPNsoccernet: Europe Soccernet Print

Monday, December 17, 2012
Zeman and Totti keep quiet over defeat

Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Roma manger Zdenek Zeman and club captain Francesco Totti both refused to talk to the press following Sunday's 1-0 loss to Chievo, leaving general manager Franco Baldini to concede that the team could have done better.

The capital club suffered their first defeat in six games in Verona and to make matters worse Sergio Pellissier's winning goal appeared to be scored from an offside position.

The referee's failure to disallow the goal prompted Zeman to shun the media fearing he may say something that would land him in trouble. Baldini was left to pick up the pieces.

"Zeman has opted not to come to the press conference today," Baldini said. "He said he'd be happier not talking as some things didn't sit well with him and he didn't want to stir up controversy. The offside goal wasn't the only incident.

"Roma tried to take the initiative and perhaps the right result would've been a draw. We were unable to play the game we wanted to but we're still certain that we can fight with the top clubs.

"Of course we could've done more today, as the performance was decent in the first half and less so after the break. We lacked the right fitness levels and the pitch didn't help a team like ours that plays with ball to feet."

Totti, meanwhile, shared similar concerns to his boss, pausing only briefly as he left the field at full time, stopping to tell Sky Italia: "If I speak today, I'll be banned!"

ESPNsoccernet: Help | Media Kit | Contact Us | Site Map | Tools | Jobs at ESPN | Supplier Information | Copyright ©2014 ESPN Internet Ventures.
Terms of Use (Updated 5/6/08), and Privacy Policy and Safety Information/Your California Privacy Rights are applicable to you. All rights reserved.