Nicola has insisted that his men were second best to the Giallorossi.
"Rome were superior to us," he told Teleradiostereo. "We deserved to lose even though we played a very tidy game.
"In our squad there were 18 first-timers, and we paid for that lack of experience.
"Roma played a great game and I though [Coach Rudi] Garcia did a great job.
"De Rossi, Totti and Florenzi were also deadly."
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