Spalletti: We didn’t deserve to be knocked out

Roma manager Luciano Spalletti doesn't believe his side deserved to be eliminated from the Europa League by Lyon on Thursday.

The Giallorossi beat Lyon 2-1 in the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico, but it wasn't enough as they lost 5-4 on aggregate, following their 4-2 defeat in France.

Spalletti believes his players performed well over the two legs and were unfortunate not to qualify for the quarter-final stage.

“You don't have complaints. We're out of the tournament and if you total up everything over the two games we did make some mistakes. Sometimes we lack that bit of guile you need in games like this. There were things we needed to do differently as it would have handed us the advantage, but we lost our way at times," he told the club's official website.

"The lads played well, though. All things told, it was a good performance. Their attitude was good and we deserved more given the way we played. Considering how well we performed tonight and in the first half in France I don't think we were inferior to Lyon or deserved to go out. 

"We stopped playing in the second half in Lyon and tonight we just needed to stick another one away. We had lots of chances to take the lead and it would have been easier with the fans we had behind us tonight. I guess it means we didn't deserve to go through but I think we did.”