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Roma deserved to be beaten, concedes Spalletti

Roma boss Luciano Spalletti had no complaints after their 3-0 humbling by Atalanta.

Cristiano Doni struck twice for Atalanta and Spalletti said: "It is a defeat that must be accepted, because Atalanta played better than we did and deserved their win.

"By playing with more pace and intensity, they also had the advantage of knowing the difficult pitch, which we never adapted to."

The loss means Roma remain in joint fifth place, although they could have gone fourth with a win today.

"Just like at Catania we return home without points, but in between those two defeats were seven games and so it is only normal we'd have a bit of a blip.

"I absolutely do not blame my players, because I think what happened today was normal. In the first half we were below par, but created a couple of chances we could've done better on.

"In four years of working in Rome it has already happened that after some positive results we lose sight of reality.

"For days there has been talk of second place, but Juventus are very far away. This is what comes from not paying attention to what is in front of us. I can't change this tendency, as it depends on many factors."

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