Sunday, 13 April 2008

[Scudetto Race] Week 33 Reaction

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti warned that the Scudetto race is peppered with potential pitfalls after his side secured a 3-1 win at Udinese.

The result took the capital giants to within a point of leaders Inter for a few hours.

"The dangers are always around every corner. We cannot afford a single mistake," Spalletti said.

"Inter have to drop some points too, otherwise on our own we cannot do everything."

There were some extremely tense moments at the Stadio Friuli, as after Udinese opened the scoring Christian Panucci and Alexander Doni had to be separated while arguing over who was at fault.

"There was a misunderstanding," said the Roma boss. "Mistakes can happen, we have to do well to deal with these things within the group and then move on. The pressure was there because we absolutely needed a result."

In the evening, Roberto Mancini’s Inter responded with a 2-0 win over Fiorentina at the San Siro to maintain their four-point lead over Roma with just five games to go and the coach is confident that they have the Scudetto in their grasp.

"We struggled in the opening 25 minutes because we allowed them too much space," Mancini said. "We were not compact enough and that caused problems. Fiorentina play good football, but we certainly did not lack scoring opportunities.

"After the break we changed some things tactically and it went a lot better."

"With five rounds to go until the end of the season we must focus solely on our path. A four-point advantage over Roma is a good margin to have at this stage."

Roma have the opportunity to reduce the gap again on Saturday when they host Livorno in Rome before Inter travel to Torino on Sunday night.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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