Zeman bitter about dropped points
Having characteristically set his side up to attack from start
to finish, the Giallorossi coach was dismayed as Rolando Maran’s
Elefanti took the lead twice through Giovanni Marchese and
An acrobatic scissor kick from Pablo Osvaldo and a dramatic late
equaliser from debutant Nico Lopez allowed the hosts to take a
point, but Zeman had protested vehemently as Marchese tapped home
the opener from what appeared to be an offside position.
The referee ruled Roma striker Osvaldo had deflected the ball
into the Catania man’s path, and allowed the goal to stand.
Gomez capitalised on a defensive mix-up to nudge the Rossazzurri
back into the lead after Osvaldo’s equaliser, with Zeman once again
pleading for offside.
He told the club’s official website: “I’m bitter about the
points we lost, mainly because the two goals we conceded were
“I’m sorry about the result, and that the performance could have
“We tried different things in training but I don’t know if we
were too nervous or scared of losing the ball.
“Our problem was that the wingers failed to cut inside
After winning promotion with Pescara this summer, Zeman was
re-hired at the Stadio Olimpico after a 13-year absence.
He added: “It was great to be back at the stadium and I was
happy to see so many people at the Olimpico.
“I’ve always provided football ‘for the people’, to entertain
them and make want to come and see football.
“I hope the people come to the stadium for that reason – to
Catania boss Maran was making his Serie A debut as a coach
having replaced Fiorentina-bound Vincenzo Montella in June.
He told Sky reporters after the game: “With regret, we leave
with a draw.
“We played well at a difficult place. It’s a shame about that
goal at the death, but the end of the game was so intense that we
were always vulnerable to errors.”