Dzeko – I was not criticising Roma

Serie A

Edin Dzeko insists he did not mean to criticise Roma's style of play following their 0-0 Champions League draw with Atletico Madrid.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international told reporters after the stalemate at the Stadio Olimpico that he felt isolated in attack and a team of Roma’s magnitude should not be playing in such a defensive manner.

However, the 31-year-old has now moved to clarify those remarks by insisting he did not mean to criticise the Giallorossi or boss Eusebio Di Francesco, and he has apologised if that is how his words were interpreted.

“Yesterday’s was a very difficult game, fought ball-by-ball,” Dzeko wrote on his Instagram page. “I wanted to make a bigger contribution but it’s not always easy in these kind of games and that’s why I wasn’t happy at the end of the match.

“I’m sorry that my words were interpreted as criticism, though, I think what the coach [Eusebio Di Francesco] is teaching us are the right things, and by following them we’ll get the results we want!”

Dzeko has scored just once this season and will be hoping to add to his tally when Roma host Verona in Serie A on Saturday.


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