Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco apologised, but insisted he has no intention of resigning as the Giallorossi crashed out of the Coppa Italia after being demolished 7-1 by Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Federico Chiesa got a hat-trick, Giovanni Simone bagged a brace, while Luis Muriel and Marco Benassi got the others. Aleksandar Kolarov scored, what was, merely a consolation for Roma, who also had Edin Dzeko sent off.
“There is no comment to make tonight, just to say that I’m sorry,” Di Francesco told reporters after the game.
“It’s pointless to talk about the game, I can only apologise. I take responsibility, and apologise to the fans here and those watching at home.
“It was a terrible performance in every single respect.”
Following the match, rumours about his potential resignation hit social media, with Paulo Sousa and Antonio Conte linked to the post.
“Resigning is not in my mind,” Di Francesco admitted. “I need time to think about tonight, as we don’t act as a team when things go wrong.
“Having a young squad is an excuse that makes no sense, it cannot go on like this. Defending so badly drives me crazy.
“Tactics are useless if you don’t have the right attitude.”