Roma boss Paulo Fonseca discusses Europa League draw against former side Braga


Roma learned their Europa League opponent today as they drew Portuguese side Braga in the upcoming round of 32.

The match will be the first European meeting between the two clubs and it will also be the first time that Roma manager Paulo Fonseca faces his former club, whom he managed from 2015 to 2016.

“Braga are a good side who did really well during the group stage,” Fonseca said.

“They are a side I know well, just as I know the coach there well too, so you can trust me when I say it will be a tough tie – because I know what I’m talking about.

“They are a young side but they play good football. Braga are an ambitious club making good progress and we cannot make the mistake of thinking that qualifying for the next round will be straightforward.

“I’m not hiding the fact that it will be a special game for me personally, considering I coached there and I have a lot of friends at the club too.”

The two-legged clash will take place in February with the return leg being played in the Italian capital.

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