Fonseca speaks ahead of Başakşehir: “We’ll play to win – it will be tough, but it’s an important match for us”.


Roma manager Paulo Fonseca spoke today at his pre-match press conference as side his faces off tomorrow night against Istanbul Başakşehir in the Europa League.

“We must be confident going into this match. We’ll play to win tomorrow just like we always do”.

How is Ünder feeling playing in his old stadium?
I understand all the questions about Ünder, but we’ll see tomorrow. For me, I must worry about the team.

Are there any more absences?
No, right now only Florenzi and Pastore will be unavailable.

The team is growing, what are your expectations for tomorrow?
Tomorrow will certainly be difficult. Başakşehir are in good form – they’re a veteran side that plays well. They’ll be playing at home and it’s an important match for them – but we want to win, too.

For us Turks, Ünder is a very important player, but there is also Cetin. What do you think of their futures?
They are two players with a big future ahead of them, they are young, they have to work to improve but we have a lot of belief in these two.

Do you expect this one to be decisive? Are there any regrets from the match against Borussia and what’s the situation of Juan Jesus?
On Juan Jesus, it’s simply a technical choice. In Europe, we can’t use all of our players – we can only use 18. I can’t think about the past, I’m only worried about tomorrow’s match. Like every match, we’ll play to win because it’s an important one for us.

Can Pellegrini play two consecutive matches in a row? Mkhitaryan and Kalinic have how many minutes in their legs?
Kalinic and Miki are ready to play, maybe not the whole match – but they are ready. Pellegrini is ready to play.

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