Roma coach Luis Enrique: Daniele De Rossi did not seem prepared to play

The Spanish coach criticised the midfielder's commitment before the match and refused to say whether he will make the squad for the match against Lazio
Roma coach Luis Enrique has explained the reason he left Daniele De Rossi out of his plans for Sunday's 4-1 defeat at Atalanta.

The 28-year-old midfielder sat in the stands during the match despite not suffering any physical problems, with reports suggesting he had arrived late for the team's meeting on Sunday morning.

"I do not talk about what happens in our dressing room or in our team meeting," Luis Enrique told Sky Sport Italia.

"The squad always comes before individual players and I am sure that what I did was right if analysed in the medium-long term.

"De Rossi did not seem prepared to play and that is why I left him out. This defeat did not happen because one specific player did not play.

"If I could go back in time, I would make the same decision. I need everyone to feel responsible, specially the players who are important to this group and this club."

Luis Enrique then refused to blame the result on the rearguard, as Roma could not stop Atalanta's counter-attacking football.

"When we are talking about a defensive problem, we are talking about the entire squad," he noted.

"We want to have a high possession of the ball and for this we must play with two centre-backs in the opponents' own half.

"But today we did things wrong and we were left exposed to their counter attacks."

Questioned if De Rossi will make Roma's squad for the upcoming match against cross-town rivals Lazio, Luis Enrique was noncommittal.

"I will let you know," he said.