Spalletti rues 2nd place finish
Luciano Spalletti could not hide his disappointment after Roma finished runners-up in Serie A.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 18/05/08 8:45pm
Roma manager Luciano Spalletti could not hide his disappointment after his side finished runners-up in Serie A.
Internazionale secured the title by three points after they downed Parma and Roma could only draw at Catania on the final day of the season.
Spalletti has bemoaned Roma's second-placed finish, insisting his men deserved more from their season's efforts.
"I want to compliment my side for the way they played this season," Spalletti told Sky Italia.
"We are disappointed to have come here and drawn. We did our best, but this is a difficult ground to play at.
"My team has grown a lot and shown qualities this season. The players deserve something."
The draw at Stadio Angelo Massimino saw Walter Zenga's Catania preserve their top-flight survival.
Zenga said: "The fans deserve the salvation. In this month-and-a-half since my arrival we have shown that we would not fail."
President Antonino Pulvirenti added: "It is emotional. We played a huge match and we will stay in Serie A.
"I thank Zenga because he did so well in the final part of the season. He will remain here next season but [midfielder] Juan Manuel Vargas will leave."