Leading 2-1 at halftime, the Giallorossi collapsed in the second half and conceded three goals to the visitors. Asked to react to his team’s performance, De Rossi admitted they’ve still got a lot to learn.
“We played our football tonight. If we want to play like teams such as Inter, we can never lower our level otherwise they’ll punish you,” he stated during his post-match interview with DAZN.
“I think it was an even game—when the stadium applauds you for what you’ve done, it’s because you deserve it, not because they want to throw you a bone.”
“It’d be easy to only put the negative episodes on the scale and blame an individual, but games are won and lost by everyone together. Obviously episodes are everything, but everyone had a drop in their level, and when you do that against a team like Inter you’ll be punished.”
He continued, “If we lost it’s because we were inferior tonight to Inter, but I don’t think it was by too much. I’m the footballing son of Spalletti, who said when you lose you always have to understand why.”
“If we want to compete against teams at the level of Inter then we’ve got to become perfect. If we’re happy with a match like this it means we’re happy with mediocrity.”