Roma boss Paulo Fonseca previews tomorrow’s Torino match


Roma boss Paulo Fonseca highlighted his team’s recent defensive efficiency when previewing tomorrow’s league match against Torino.

The Giallorossi face the Granata tomorrow in Torino, just days after securing their place in the Europa League semi-final.

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“All season we’ve heard that Roma performs better in attack than defence, but we put in two great displays at the back against Ajax,” said Fonseca.

“Of course, we have our identity, but it shows that we’re capable of doing more. I’m not worried about convincing people, I’m only worried about doing job. The most important thing is Roma winning.”

The Roma boss also addressed the situation regarding Chris Smalling. The Englishman, who’s currently working his way back from injury, and his family were the victims of a robbery yesterday.

“Chris started working on the pitch, he’s being evaluated every day so we’ll have to wait and see. But he’s doing much better,” he revealed

“This season has been unique, there’s a lot of games and fewer and fewer players available. You have to be able to deploy different strategies each match. For tomorrow, I’d like for us to take the initiative and play attacking football.”

He added, “We’re taking things game by game. Ajax is in the past and our ambition and focus shifts to Torino. I’d like to see us play with the same ambition and defensive focus that we’ve displayed in the Europa League.”

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