Andrea Barzagli has described his disappointment at tonight’s narrow 1-0 Coppa Italia loss to Roma in the capital, but believes that the defeat will make the team even stronger as the campaign progresses.
The defender produced another able performance this evening in keeping the Giallorossi at arm’s length for large periods - Gervinho’s 79th-minute winner was the game’s first shot on target - and in the end the side ended up frustrated because of that single moment.
Speaking after the final whistle, the 32-year-old commented: “We made one mistake. It was a very tight game, we didn’t allow them many chances but we didn’t create much ourselves either. It’s a shame that their goal came 10 minutes from the end because we didn’t have time to make a comeback.
“We don’t like losing and it was one of our objectives for the season, so we’re disappointed with going out.”
Barzagli concluded by taking the positives from a lesson that will no doubt help the Bianconeri to improve for the future.
“The overall outlook remains more than positive. We’re doing very well in Serie A and we’ve still got the Europa League to go for. Being eliminated hurts, but it will also help us to grow and improve as a team.”