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Zeman frustrated as Roma pegged back by Catania

AS Roma coach Zdenek Zeman was left frustrated after their 2-2 draw with Catania.

Roma dominated possession but couldn't stop Catania from getting past them twice yesterday.

"Altogether it wasn't a great performance, especially in the first half when we were too slow, not aggressive and never went forward on the counter-attack. We were content with possession, which was a great shame," said Zeman.

"We started well in the second half, though it was a struggle until the end, as we were unable to secure the result.

"Francesco Totti played too wide, where it's difficult to create something, and he didn't go where I asked him to. We've got to work on the movements in attack and have been doing so all summer.

"Passing the ball horizontally is pointless and it allows our opponents to get settled in. If we don't speed it up and shake off our markers in midfield, then we'll go nowhere.

"We had five debutants tonight and seeing the packed Stadio Olimpico does affect young players, but in the past six weeks we have worked on something very different to what was seen tonight.

"It went better in the second half and we created more opportunities. We conceded two goals, both of them affected by offside positions.

"If I am to match my team's attacking approach to that of our opponents, then I always prefer mine."

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