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Enrique focused on Europe

Roma coach Luis Enrique insists his only focus is to help his team secure a European spot for next season, despite his uncertain future.

The Spaniard will reportedly quit the Serie A club at the end of the season, with former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas touted as his potential replacement.

Speaking ahead of Roma’s meeting with Catania on Saturday, Enrique said he was concentrating on the final two matches of the season.

“We’ve been trying for a long time to achieve qualification to Europa League and this remains the most important thing,” Enrique said on Friday.

“It won’t be easy, since we haven’t been precise each time we have had the chance to get closer to this objective.

“There are still two matches to be played and we still have a chance. Therefore this is my only focus right now.”

Roma are seventh on the table, three points adrift of sixth-placed Inter Milan, in their chase of a European spot.

Enrique refused to be drawn into discussions about his future, despite reports he is set to quit after failing to win over Roma’s fans.

“Today I want to talk only about Catania and our situation. We’re not here to talk about Luis Enrique as a manager and about my future,” he said.

“I’m only focused on Roma’s future and on what this team can still do. We can still battle for qualifying for the Europa League. We’ll talk about the rest another time.”

Enrique also said it was unfair to judge either Delio Rossi or Adem Ljajic after the former Fiorentina coach attacked the Serbian attacker.

Rossi received a three-month ban and was sacked after assaulting Ljajic on the bench during Fiorentina’s 2-2 draw against Novara on Wednesday.

“As far as Delio Rossi is concerned, I’m very sorry both for the player and the manager, because it has been a bad episode but I understand both of them,” Enrique said.

“I’m sorry because I understand the suffering of both of them. I don’t think we should judge these two people for this episode.

“It’s a bad episode, but both people are good men and great professionals.”

Fri 4 May, 2012
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