Roma need consistency to challenge, says Enrique

07 February 2012 04:16

Roma cannot be considered one of Italy's top teams until they find some consistency, says Spanish coach Luis Enrique.

The capital club thrashed Inter Milan 4-0 at the weekend leaving some to ponder whether they have the capability to challenge for top honours.

But Enrique says they still have a long way to go before they can be considered one of the country's elite.

"To be a great team you need the consistency that we don't yet have," he said.

"It's true that the only team I saw that was superior to us was AC Milan but we're still a long way from those who aspire to win the title or qualify for the Champions League.

"What matters is the table and we haven't been consistent over the first half of the season.

"But there's still practically the whole of the second half of the season left and what I see gives me confidence."

Roma must pay the final 25 minutes of their match at Catania on Wednesday night.

The game was originally played in mid-January but had to be stopped due to a waterlogged pitch after 65 minutes with the scores at 1-1.

Under Italian league rules only the remaining part of the match needs to be played, rather than replaying the entire fixture.

If they win they will leapfrog Inter into fifth place and Enrique is at least sure that Roma are on the right track.

"If we continue in this vein I'm sure the results will follow but until they arrive, we can't talk," he said.

"We have an identity, I don't talk about objectives I'm just thinking about winning tomorrow at Catania and then after that at Siena.

"It seems like a cliche but I don't think about next year and I don't ask myself if we'll be capable of winning the league or qualifying for the Champions League.

"I'm interested in the three points on offer tomorrow, I like to think about now.

"When we get to the end of the season we'll see if it was a success, a defeat or a disaster."

Source: AFP