AS Roma chief Italo Zanzi defended their decision to sack Zdenek Zeman.

The Giallorossi sacked their Coach yesterday afternoon and handed the team to Aurelio Andreazzoli, who was Luciano Spalletti's assistant manager and continued to work at the club as a technical coach.

"Our decision today is based on confidence and consistency," Zanzi told the official Roma website.

"To be clear our ownership has faith in our players, our football management and our strategy. We faced a difficult situation but addressed it in a responsible and strategic way.

"Aurelio Andreazzoli is a true football professional and has a strong track record with AS Roma. He knows the value of our players and has their respect.

"We believe in our team and will continue to fight for every point this season."