We Can Turn Things Around Against Leverkusen

Europa: We Can Turn First Leg Defeat Against Leverkusen Around  –Roma Captain, Pellegrini

AS Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini has said he and his teammates can turnaround their a 2-0 home defeat, in the Europa League first leg semi-final clash against Bayer Leverkusen.

Leverkusen took the lead in the first half through Florian Wirtz following a mistake from Roma defender Karsdorp howler.

The new Bundesliga Champions secured a second after the restart with Robert Andrich hitting a scorcher into the top corner.

“The regret is that they scored two goals and we scored zero,” Pellegrini told Sky Sport Italia.

“I think we played really well, unfortunately we wasted many opportunities to hurt them, we kept producing chances to the end and they go home probably thinking they’ve already qualified.

“Instead, we go home preparing Sunday’s match in Serie A and then hope to cause them problems in the second leg.

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“Compared to tonight, the only thing we need to improve is scoring goals, as I don’t know how many chances we created.

“They are a strong team and created opportunities on the counter-attack when sitting deep and going with pace, but we still managed to find those spaces.

“We must try to be more clinical next Thursday, because if we play like we did today and have a bit more luck on our side, I believe we can turn this around.”

Meanwhile, Leverkusen recorded their 47th game without defeat in all competitions this season.

Xabi Alonso’s men will take on lower division outfit Kaiserslautern in the final of the German Cup later in May.


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