Fonseca talks ahead of Inter clash

John Solano

Paulo Fonseca spoke to the media today as he enters the final three matches as manager of AS Roma.

The Giallorossi travel to Milano to face newly crowned champions, Inter, tomorrow evening at the San Siro. Sitting seventh in the Serie A table, it remains to be seen how high Roma’s motivation will be for the affair given that they could try to fall to eighth to avoid Conference League qualification.

In addition, Roma will welcome back injured trio Carles Perez, Gonzalo Villar, and Stephan El Shaarawy, who has been out for over one month.

“All three have returned and are ready to go,” asserted Fonseca.

“Inter are a great team, I have to congratulate them on the Scudetto. They have no pressure and can be dangerous. It is much better to play without pressure, but Inter are always strong and that’s what we expect tomorrow.”

“Darboe and Zalewski will also be with us. They’re two youngsters with quality, I’m satisfied with them, but I don’t know what their futures hold.”

The Portuguese tactician was also asked about the future of striker Borja Mayoral. The Spaniard, who joined Roma in October from Real Madrid, has enjoyed his best season as a top flight professional, tallying 17 goals and 7 assists.

“I’m not the manager of Roma next season, so I didn’t give the club any advice on what to do for certain players. What I do know, though, is that it’s not easy for a young player to come here and score 17 goals plus earn a lot of assists.”

“He’s doing well, but the decision will ultimately come down to the new manager and Roma,” he said.

Finally, Fonseca was asked about his team’s collapse in the second part of their league campaign, which saw them slip from second to seventh in the Serie A table.

“We dealt with a lot of injuries this season. Everything was going well until March. I don’t think that we consciously and voluntarily decided to focus only on the Europa League.”

He added, “Getting to a European semi-final is important, so certainly the lads thought more about the Europa League.”