Roma’s aspirations of finishing in a top four place appear to have ended this afternoon. The Giallorossi squandered a late lead in the 85th minute and were held 2-2 by Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium.
Paulo Fonseca’s men were outclassed by a Sassuolo side that were missing nearly half of their preferred starting eleven. In fact, the Neroverdi produced an xG of 3.05 and were the more dangerous side on the day.
Despite the statistics saying otherwise, Fonseca claimed that his team put in a solid performance and were stronger than their opponent.
“I think we played well from a strategic point of view,” the Portuguese technician said to Sky Sport.
“It was an open game with a lot of chances. We didn’t start well, but we managed to find balance. We were in front nearly the entire time, I didn’t expect them to score again. However, they did well on the second goal.”
He added, “We could have won, but I still liked our attitude today. Now we must think about the Europa League and continue fighting.”