Philippe Mexes Hails Battling Roma

The Frenchman thinks the last-gasp win over Siena signals the dawn of a new era...
Claudio Ranieri got his Roma career off to a winning start yesterday, as the Giallorossi ended their Siena taboo with a hard-fought 2-1 victory courtesy of a blistering free-kick from John Arne Riise one minute from time, after Philippe Mexes had cancelled out Massimo Maccarone’s opener.

“The whole team did great things,” a smiling Mexes told Sky Sport Italia.

“Even though we made a big mistake on their goal, the important thing was to bring home the three points and we want to thank the fans who came here.”

Roma had lost in Siena for three years running before yesterday’s success and Mexes is confident the result will help put the events of the past few weeks behind them.

“Now we have to try and make up for lost ground in the table,” he continued.

“It was a difficult week, with the lads coming back from international duty and the managerial change. It’s not easy to react to all these situations, but luckily we saw a different side of Roma.

“I am very happy to have helped Roma take these three points. We were 1-0 down and gave our all to turn things around. I’m sure the fans who were here will be proud of this Roma,” concluded the centre-back.

Vince Masiello,