Claudio Ranieri Delighted With Roma Display

Posted by admin on Friday, 28 January 2011

Roma coach Claudio Ranieri is ecstatic with the Lupi's 2-0 win over Juventus in the Coppa Italia.
Roma coach Claudio Ranieri was extremely pleased with his side's display following the 2-0 win over Juventus in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia.

Ranieri also agreed with the referee's decision not to award Alessandro Del Piero a penalty late in the match, as the coach believes Juve's captain slipped while leaning on defender Philippe Mexes.

"In the dressing room, I praised my players for their efforts this evening," the coach told Corriere Dello Sport.

"We put a lot of effort into the match, even without many of our fans here to support us. We played well, scoring two goals and not conceding any.

"I am very satisfied. At this moment, we have a healthy side, and looking to improve especially away from home. We started the week well and must focus on beating Bologna [on Sunday].

"For me, there was no penalty. Alex was leaning on Mexes and then he fell over," he added.

The Lupi's next opponents in the semi-finals are reigning champions Inter, but the coach believes many things can happen between now and April.

"We will play them in April. There is still a lot of water to pass under the bridge until then. We will just savour our progression in the tournament and go from there," concluded Ranieri.