Roma coach Enrique dismisses questions on future

11 December 2011 07:16

Roma coach Luis Enrique dismissed questions about his future ahead of Monday's crunch Serie A clash against Juventus at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

Roma could conceivably go fifth or sixth if they beat Juve but expectations are so high in the capital that talk is rife of the Spaniard Enrique's reign coming to a premature end.

Yet the former Barcelona coach says he isn't worried.

"The only thing I'm concerned with is my team beating Juventus, the rest doesn't worry me," he said on Sunday.

"Juventus are a very good team with a good coach, they have an incredible defence and attack.

"I don't know what will happen (in his future) and I don't care, I'm not interested in anything that doesn't relate to the result. I shouldn't be worried about anything I can't control and then we'll see.

"Myself and my staff are working hard but as you all know what counts in football are the results. You never know what will happen; you should never say never."

Juve went into the weekend top of Serie A while Roma will be missing three players who were sent off against Fiorentina last week -- Bojan Krkic, Juan and Fernando Gago.

"I think this is the toughest match because Juve are very good, they have a great chance to win the title, as have AC Milan," said Enrique.

"I always retain the maximum responsibility but the match against Fiorentina gives me strength because even though we finished with eight men, we continued to play our game and take risks but then everyone knows the price we paid (they lost 3-0)."

Juve coach Antonio Conte believes there are similarities between the two teams.

"You see how Juve and Roma play, we're both teams who want to force the game, alongside Milan we're the teams with the most possession," he said.

"Football is not just mathematics, Luis Enrique is doing a great job regardless of the results.

"We've always had difficulties against them and I expect the usual Roma, a team that can play and is aggressive.

"They will try to boss the game as they've always done since the beginning of the season, even against Fiorentina when they were playing with 10 against 11.

"Without Juan's sending off (the 1st one) things would have gone differently against Fiorentina."

Source: AFP