Fonseca after Roma’s 0-0 draw against Verona: “I want Smalling here”.


Roma boss Paulo Fonseca spoke to Sky Sport following the Giallorossi’s 0-0 draw this evening against Verona. Here’s what he had to say:

Why no Dzeko?

It was a difficult week for him, I wanted to preserve him. We always talk, but today the decision I made was to not use him.

Why did you call him up then?

It was important that he stay with the group and let him play if needed.

Is it two points lost tonight?

We will see in the end if these were two points lost. I think we played to win, we had a very positive first half. It is not easy to play here, we created 4-5 scoring chances. In the second half, we dropped off.

Is Mirante the new starter?

I spoke to Savorani and we chose Antonio.

Didn’t Dzeko want to play?

No, it was my decision. I talk to the players, but I am the one who decides.

Is Smalling a necessity or is Kumbulla enough?

It is important for me that he arrives, we only have three central defenders so I want Smalling here.

What about Milik?

I’m not talking about Milik, he’s not our player. If he comes then I’ll talk about him.

Is Milik enough or is another striker needed?

Let’s first see if Milik arrives or Dzeko remains.

Are you satisfied with Roma’s market?

Yes, this week when the Friedkin’s were close to the team was important.

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