Fonseca discusses Milan match: “They’re a strong team, I don’t believe they’re in a crisis.”


Roma manager Paulo Fonseca faced the media today, one day of his side’s pivotal showdown against Milan.

The Giallorossi host Stefano Pioli’s men tomorrow evening at the Stadio Olimpico as they seek their first win against a top eight opponent this season.

He began, “Milan are having a great season. I’ve seen all of their games, even though they’re not doing well as of late, they’ve played well.”

“They created chances against Inter and played well. So I don’t believe in this so called ‘crisis’ many claim they’re experiencing. They’re not getting the desired results, but I’ve seen an aggressive team. They will want to win. But our players are anxious to play a good game.”

Fonseca will be forced to, once again, deal with multiple absences in defence with Chris Smalling and Roger Ibañez unavailable.

”Kumbulla will be called up tomorrow. He’s trained with us over the past two days. We’ll see tomorrow but Spinazzola will play on the left.”

”As for Smalling, I think he’ll return next week, he’s getting better.”

Finally, Fonseca was asked about the rumors linking him to Benfica and the club’s recent stadium update.

”Benfica? I don’t worry about the future. I’m focused on Roma,” he said.

“As for the stadium, this isn’t a question for me. I am a coach. The President has a great desire to build a stadium for the city and for the fans.”

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