The Giallorossi were humbled in Turin on Saturday evening, as an early blitz from the Serie A champions sent them on their way to a 4-1 win, leaving the 57-year-old to condemn the attitude of the players and call on them to learn from the defeat - and quickly.
"Many players don’t deserve to wear the shirt," he told Mediaset Premium. "We have to immediately change trajectory. Immediately.
"In the space of a few minutes, we suffered two upper-cuts, then the team just disappeared. We ask our players to react. Let's not get discouraged.
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Despite his side's lacklustre showing, the former Stadio Olimpico player defended coach Zdenek Zeman after criticism of his tactics, adamant that the team is still in transition.
"I am referring to a squad that is midway through the process and still trying to absorb certain concepts," Sabatini continued.
"We have not yet gelled as a team but must face every game with a different spirit. Right now.
"It is evident that we're behind schedule. Roma need to step on to the pitch with the right attitude and motivation. We emerge from this evening with great suffering, but have to find a solution."