Rudi Garcia admits Roma should’ve finished off Sassuolo, but praised their fighting spirit after another 1-1 draw.
Domenico Berardi netted the equaliser with the last kick of the game at the Stadio Olimpico, as the Giallorossi were held to a second consecutive stalemate.
“When you don’t score the second goal, anything can happen, including a moment of bad luck or a set piece right at the end. When you’re only 1-0 up, you can’t feel that secure,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“Now that the final whistle has blown, we can say it was a good performance, better in the second half than the first, and we are still top of the table.
“The most important thing for me is that we are playing good football, as that makes it more likely we’ll win games.
“Sassuolo only had one real chance and that was from our mistake, but I compliment them because to the very end they did everything to get this point. We ought to have finished them off, as we had the scoring opportunities in the final 20 minutes.”
Francesco Totti, Gervinho and Mattia Destro were unavailable, while Marco Borriello limped off in the first half.
“Of course to be in stoppages and see the opposition take away two points in the final second is a blow, but I have faith this team will continue to do great things. I told them if we take four strikers off any team, they’ll all struggle.
“I hope Borriello isn’t too badly hurt, as at the moment all our injuries are in attack. I hope we’ll have Gervinho and Borriello back at 100 per cent after the break for international duty. It’s still early for Totti, though he has resumed running.
“Adam Ljajic is talented and wasn’t fortunate to score today, but he created many dangerous situations, worked hard and will be great in future.”
This evening either Juventus or Napoli could close the gap on leaders Roma.
"A draw is always nice," smiled Garcia.
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's World Cup tipster competition - £10,000 to be won!