Roma eliminate Gent in Europa League, Fonseca: “We showed good attitude in defence”.


Roma boss Paulo Fonseca spoke at a press conference following his side’s 1-1 draw against Gent — a result that was good enough to send the Giallorossi through to the next round of the Europa League as they defeated the Belgian side 2-1 on aggregate.

“These types of games aren’t easy,” said the former Shakhtar Donetsk manager.

“Gent played well but we showed our quality. We got some things wrong in the build-up but showed good attitude in defence. We left too much space in the first half and improved in the second”.

“Diawara? We hope he’ll be back next week. He was one of the best on the pitch in terms of positioning before he went out injured so we had to change a lot. It’s difficult to have stability when you’re constantly having to replace important players”.

Fonseca was also asked about Roma’s upcoming match on Sunday and he admitted he less than thrilled than the lack of time in-between matches.

“It’s difficult for me to understand why we play on Sunday. In my opinion, it’s all about television. It’s extremely difficult for players to recover in less than 72 hours. I don’t understand why we can’t face Cagliari on Monday. It’s absolutely absurd and it’s the players who end up suffering”.

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