Meeting with the press at full-time, Sousa refused to lay blame on Pirola and accepted responsibility for the result.
“Let’s not blame the players, I’m the one who makes the decisions,” he stated.
“We worked hard in the first half and had the belief we could win. Once we conceded that goal, we fell off and failed to give continuity to our play.”
He added, “Certainly we’re a better team with a higher level than what we showed. We did well during the week at training but today wasn’t our best.”
“It’s clear we’ve create a good group that’s united. If we played to our ability we leave here today with all three points.”