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Zeman blames Roma players, referee

27 August 2012 08:59

Roma coach Zdenek Zeman blasted his side after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Catania on the opening day of the Serie A season.

Roma trailed twice but goals from Pablo Osvaldo and Nicolas Lopez – the latter's a 91st minute equaliser – spared the home side's blushes.

"We were too slow, showed little aggression and we paid for it. We still have to work hard, and (Francesco) Totti (Erik) Lamela can do better," the Czech coach told Repubblica Sport.

"The result is right, but we also suffered from refereeing mistakes.

"We had five debutants tonight and seeing the packed Stadio Olimpico does affect young players, but in the past six weeks we have worked on something very different to what was seen tonight.

“It went better in the second half and we created more opportunities. We conceded two goals, both of them affected by offside positions.

"If I am to match my team's attacking approach to that of our opponents, then I always prefer mine."

Zeman had been warned that it was a Roma club policy not to criticise referees, but he is not sticking to it.

"It's a habit – I criticise my players when they get it wrong and I do the same with the referees," he said.

"That seems normal enough to me. I don't think we should not be allowed to say what happened on the field with regards to the referees."

And on the subject of Juventus disgraced manager, Antonio Conte, Zeman claimed: "If I were him, I'd suspend myself."

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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