Fonseca honors Maradona during pre-match press conference: “It’s a sad day for football.”

John Solano

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca spoke today during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Giallorossi’s clash in the Europa League against Cluj.

The Portuguese tactician began by paying his respects to footballing legend Diego Maradona, who passed away today at the age of 60 years-old.

“Before I start, I’d first like to talk about Maradona. I heard the sad news and it’s such a shame. I’m so sorry because our idol has passed away, it’s such a sad day for football lovers,” said Fonseca.

Fonseca then addressed the emergency situation his team faces in defence ahead of tomorrow’s match as well as the showdown on Sunday against Napoli.

“We’ll have to see over the next few days who can be ready for Napoli between Mancini, Ibañez and Smalling.”

“I’m optimistic that we’ll recover these three players. We’ll see after tomorrow’s match if we can count on them.”

“I don’t want to change much for tomorrow, we can play one of two systems but I don’t want to alter too many things. Right now we only have one healthy central defender, Juan Jesus. Cristante can play there, too, but I’ll see tomorrow.”

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