Roma Women went into their international break with a perfect record from their opening three games thanks to a 2-1 win over Pomigliano on Saturday.
Benedetta Glionna and Valeria Pirone both scored their first goals for the club after joining in the summer, before Roma almost let the promoted opponents back into the game by conceding once.
However, they held firm to preserve their perfect record so far.
Here’s how head coach Alessandro Spugna reacted after the game.
On the challenges of the game
“We knew it was going to be a complicated game. For their attitude, for the atmosphere. Today they played with two more defensive players. But the girls were good to have patience, to manage the ball well in the first half, to get the goal, maybe we could have made even more, to enter the pitch in the second half trying to continue to play our game.”
On building on the lead
“We got the second, maybe there we should have continued, accelerated to be able to close it definitively. We knew that if they were to get back in the game it would have been hard. But there is the other side. That is to say, having been good to fight until the end, to play with humility, to sacrifice ourselves. It can be useful in future.”
On Roma’s points tally
“We close at nine points in the table, it is the most important thing.”
On finding attacking avenues
“There was a great density inside, it was difficult. We didn’t find great depth, above all on the wings. We should have exploited the duels, the fast balls between the lines, it wasn’t easy. But we did well not to force too much, to maintain possession, to make them tired, this allowed us to create favourable situations, to score two goals.”
On reacting to adversity
“I said it before, this match will be useful in future. The matches must be lived in moments. There was a moment in the last quarter of an hour where we had to suffer, to be all together, to drop deeper by a few centimetres. We did it, mainly with intelligence.”