Fonseca ahead of Fiorentina: “Smalling is available. Chiesa? Our strategy doesn’t change regardless if he’s there or not”.


Roma boss Paulo Fonseca held his pre-match press conference as his side prepare to face Fiorentina tomorrow in Firenze. Here’s what he had to say ahead of the match:

Is Smalling available?
He trained yesterday and today, he is fine and an option to play.

How’s Kluivert?
He’s not ready, it’s better not to risk him. We have to wait longer to recover him completely.

How is Spinazzola? How do you handle a situation where a player asks to play more in view of this summer’s Euro?
Spinazzola is fine. Just like all the players — they’re an option. All I think about is Roma. Roma is most important. I understand this type of situation but I have to think about what’s best for Roma.

Could the absence of Chiesa change your strategies in defence?
No. We don’t know if he will play or not, but nothing changes in our team.

Is there a desire for revenge after the 7-1 doctrine from last season?
We didn’t talk about last season’s match.

Have you talked to Petrachi about the transfer market?
We talk every day: about the transfer market, players, family, everything…

Have you ever talked to Florenzi about the possibility that he might lose his national team place? Do you like Hysaj?
I don’t want to talk about players from other teams. As for Florenzi, we’ve only ever discussed Roma.

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