Paulo Fonseca: “It’s not fair for me to judge what the team needs for next season.”


Paulo Fonseca faced the media today ahead of Roma’s league fixture tomorrow against Crotone.

The Portuguese tactician is entering his final four matches as manager of the Giallorossi. It was announced earlier this week that Fonseca would not return next season and will be replaced by compatriot José Mourinho.

Sitting seventh in the table, Fonseca was asked about what Roma needs to improve their league position for next season under Mourinho.

“I’m not going to be the manager next season, so it’s not fair for me to make this assessment,” he responded.

“We’ve dealt with a number of injuries since March. Up until then, things were going well, but once March arrived we encountered several players being unavailable.”

“Beyond this, my future is these next four games. This is all that I’m focused on and what I ask the players to focus on. Whoever steps on to the pitch for Roma must always aim to win.”

The 48 year-old also discussed some of the youth players that could play a part at Roma in the coming seasons.

“Darboe, who will play tomorrow, Tripi, and Milanese have featured for us this season. The Primavera has a good group of players, a lot of them have worked with us. It’s not fair to name individuals.”

“Clearly there’s a reason that so many of these players are ready to feature for the first team. The Primavera prepares them and gets them ready, everyone has done a great job. It’s not right to just thank me or the staff here. We must mention those who work in the Primavera.”

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