Roma qualify for Conference League following season finale draw versus Spezia


The Paulo Fonseca era at Roma is officially over following his team’s 2-2 draw against Spezia.

The draw was just enough to ensure that incoming manager Josè Mourinho would be treated to European football for next season —- albeit the Conference League.

As he prepares to leave, Fonseca applauded his squad for their attitude in the second half, as they overturned a two-goal deficit.

“We didn’t play in the first half, we didn’t do anything at all,” he said to Sky Sport.

“I told the guys at halftime that this wasn’t possible, there’s no way you can get a result playing this way. Then the second part was totally different and we scored two important goals for us.”

As he bids farewell to the Italian capital, Fonseca admitted that he’s learned a lot during his time with the club.

“I can’t name only one thing, but I’ve learned a lot. It was an important season for me and my future.”

He added, “As I’ve already said before, it was a huge honor to coach Roma. I have grown a lot, Italian football is not easy for a manager who is coming from abroad. Today, though, I can say that I have adapted and that I am a different coach than the one who arrived.”

When asked about his future, the Portuguese technician revealed there are opportunities to remain in Serie A or go abroad.

“Let’s see what happens next week. There’s opportunities to remain Italy, go abroad, or even stay at home for a bit. Fiorentina? I can’t say anything about it right now.”

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