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Trombetta keeps calm amid euphoria

Published: Wednesday 17 September 2008
Maurizio Trombetta was remarkably calm in the aftermath of CFR 1907 Cluj's "fully deserved" victory at the Stadio Olimpico, unlike AS Roma counterpart Luciano Spalletti who "expected much more" from his team.
Trombetta keeps calm amid euphoria
Juan Culio scored both goals for CFR Cluj at Roma ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RomaCFR Cluj

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
9
Attempts off target8
 
7
Corners7
 
4
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed8
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 17 September 2008

Trombetta keeps calm amid euphoria

Maurizio Trombetta was remarkably calm in the aftermath of CFR 1907 Cluj's "fully deserved" victory at the Stadio Olimpico, unlike AS Roma counterpart Luciano Spalletti who "expected much more" from his team.

For a man who had just led debutants CFR 1907 Cluj to the unlikeliest of results on the opening night of the UEFA Champions League, Maurizio Trombetta was remarkably calm in the aftermath of the 2-1 success at AS Roma. The Italian paid tribute to the stellar work of his predecessor Ioan Andone, as well as his players who "fully deserved" their win. Roma's Luciano Spalletti was disappointed with the lack of character shown by his team, warning them that only "hard work" will see their fortunes revived as they look ahead to meetings with Chelsea FC and FC Girondins de Bordeaux in Group A.

Maurizio Trombetta, CFR Cluj coach
We achieved a result which nobody could have predicted on the eve of the game – and we fully deserved it. It's hugely satisfying for me personally but Andone deserves a lot of credit as he was the person who led the team to the Romanian title. Nobody believed we'd get the three points here and now we're second in the group, but we have to be realistic: our target was and remains third place. Now we must prepare so we're at our peak for the game in two weeks against Chelsea. In Roma I saw a team who had difficulty creating space and who were therefore unable to play their usual game. They started playing long balls into our box which made our job easier. We knew then they were in trouble and that was a big boost for us during the game.

Luciano Spalletti, Roma coach
We did some things well and some things less well tonight, more or less like in our recent defeat in Palermo. Cluj were very good, albeit a bit lucky when they scored their second goal. My team lost their composure and failed to show the quality which they usually have, something I think is both a mental and physical problem. When you don't achieve good results it's easy to lose your calm and everything then becomes more difficult. I think we played well in the first half with the exception of a ten-minute spell in which Cluj were better than us. I expected much more from my team in the second half, especially regarding their character. I'm pleased to see how sad the players are right now. It means they understand there is something to put right quickly. We've known from the outset that Chelsea were the best team in the group but we now have to concentrate solely on our results and believe that hard work can help rectify this situation.

Last updated: 17/09/08 9.43CET

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