Roma manager Paulo Fonseca seemed somewhat defiant today in his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s league match against Spezia — just three four days after they were eliminated by the Ligurian side in the Coppa Italia.
The Portuguese tactician was grilled by media members following a turbulent 72 hours after their cup humiliation, which saw them mistakenly use an extra substitute.
Fallout from Tuesday’s affair was quick as the club sacked Team Manager Gianluca Gombar — a decision that was protested by Roma’s players, with Edin Dzeko and Lorenzo Pellegrini being the most vocal and critical.
“I’ve always felt the support of the President, we even spoke today,” said Fonseca.
“Dzeko? He suffered a contusion and won’t be available tomorrow along with Pedro and Mkhitaryan. But I have nothing more to add regarding the rapport between Edin and myself. He can’t play tomorrow, I’m only focused on tomorrow’s game.”
“I’m not trying to evade responsibility from the substitution gaffe that happened on Tuesday. The rules are always changing and it’s our responsibility to know the rules. However, now it’s time to think about tomorrow.”
The Roma boss was then pressed about his relationship with Dzeko after rumors emerged yesterday that there was a blowup between the pair during training.
“I’ve been here for a year and a half and I know how things work. When we don’t win, all of the worst things that can be said about the team start being said and written. I don’t want to contribute to any speculation. I still feel like the team is behind me.”
“Would I resign if I felt they weren’t behind me? I’m not a quitter.”