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Eusebio Di Francesco spoke in the pre-match press conference ahead of Roma-Bologna, Serie A TIM 2018/2019 24th Round.

We gave a lot both physically and mentally, but the team showed better balance – including when we had to dig in. We need to build on that and show the same team mentality tomorrow.

The Giallorossi's coach spoke about Nicolò Zaniolo: "On a general note I’d like to appeal to you to allow him to live in peace – he’s 19 years old and he shouldn't have too much pressure or responsibility. He’s got to develop. The No.22 jersey is right for him now – the fans should see him as a player with great potential that still has a lot to prove.”

About Daniele De Rossi: “It’s a day-to-day issue. He trained separately yesterday but that was planned. He’ll train with the team today and he could be involved tomorrow, but I’ll make the call based on how the squad is and the run-in from now until the end of the season.”

Roma have seemed more solid at the back recently: “We’re not playing deeper. The important thing is being able to choose when to drop off and keep the team compact. We’re getting less stretched – the three-man midfield gives us a bit of cover through the lines in the middle of the pitch. The playing system could change. In the past we said that the 4-2-3-1 formation was better for us, but the important thing is to have the right mentality and defend as a team. All of these things start with the head and require hard work.

About AC Milan and the battle for the fourth place: “Results. AC Milan are finding some real consistency and they’ve signed a player who is scoring every time he touches the ball at the moment. They’ve always been compact and they were again yesterday against a side who were in incredible form when we came up against them. We had a very good first half against Atalanta, but then we lacked consistency. AC Milan are one of the teams to beat in the race for fourth or third. Piatek and Lucas have breathed new life into the team.

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