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Roma's Capello comes clean

Published: Wednesday 13 March 2002, 22.00CET
AS Roma coach Fabio Capello admitted his side were lucky to draw 1-1 with Galatasaray SK.
Published: Wednesday 13 March 2002, 22.00CET

Roma's Capello comes clean

AS Roma coach Fabio Capello admitted his side were lucky to draw 1-1 with Galatasaray SK.

AS Roma coach Fabio Capello admitted after his side's 1-1 home draw with Galatasaray SK in the UEFA Champions League that the visiting team had deserved to win.

'Missed chances'
"We had the chance to score twice and didn't take them and then we gave a goal away" said Capello. "However we managed to get back into the game in the second half."

No Sunday repeat
It was a contrasting performance in the Olimpico stadium to that on Sunday when Roma had defeated arch-rivals S.S. Lazio 5-1 but Capello denied that his team had suffered a reaction to that victory and the celebrations that followed. "I picked the same team because I thought they would be very motivated. Galatasaray played with just one up front, five midfielders and four defenders and we found it difficult to  get space." 

'Galatasaray deserved victory'
"Galatasaray were aggressive and did what they wanted and they deserved to win. We have to accept the result and think about Liverpool next week."

A draw will be enough
A draw at Anfield will be enough to book Roma's place in the quarter-finals. The group leaders could even afford to lose and qualify if the game in Istanbul between Galatasaray and FC Barcelona ends in a draw.

Galatasaray let another lead slip
Ümit Karan gave the visitors the lead, but for the fourth time in the second group stage, they were unable to hold onto it and recorded a fifth successive draw. Cafu grabbed an equaliser at the start of the second half and Galatasaray coach Mircea Lucescu said the Brazilian had provided the biggest threat to his side.

Cafu the problem
"They liked to use Cafu against our young player [Gustavo Victoria] and that caused us problems but we deserved a point just as we did against Liverpool and Barcelona."

High bookings toll
Lucescu was asked about the high number of bookings in the game and said: "When you are going to lose at home everyone gets nervous. I know Italian football and it was not always our fault. We were provoked by several fouls in the first part of the match."

Batistuta apologises
Some unruly scenes followed the final whistle in which both teams became involved and Gabriel Batistuta later apologised for his part in it. "I was wrong to defend myself and I apologise for that" he said. "I made the mistake of doing it in front of the television cameras. Galatasaray came to play an aggressive game and they succeeded. We expected it but they did it really well."

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