Zeman: Jet lag not to blame for loss

Roma boss Zdenek Zeman is adamant that the reason for his side's 4-1 loss to Napoli was not due to jet-lag.

Edinson Cavani, Napoli

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Roma fell to an abject defeat after Edinson Cavani's hat-trick mere days after travelling back from USA in the winter break where the club attended to sponsorship dealing with Disney.

Zeman brushed off questions as to whether the long travels affected the squad's performance.

"I do not think jet-lag had any influence. We created six or seven chances, more than our opponents, but we did not convert them and they did, so that is football," he told reporters after the game.
"We knew Napoli played on the counter-attack and they managed it straight away with a fast move. In my view they scored some great goals and we have to applaud them."

Despite the loss, Zeman was happy with the performance.

"It is a step backwards in terms of result, but the team tried to play and put the opposition under pressure," he said of the defeat.

"Of course goals count in football, we didn't score them and Napoli did. I am generally happy with the performance, though."

The 65-year-old also had praise for Cavani while admitting that his defenders were no match for him: "He is very quick, certainly quicker than [Nicolas] Burdisso and [Leandro] Castan, and it is criminal to leave him in one-on-one situations.”

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