Roma manager Paulo Fonseca took the blame at full-time following his team’s embarrassing 6-2 defeat at Old Trafford this evening in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.
After entering the break leading the match 2-1, the Giallorossi were annihilated in the second half by the Red Devils, who scored five unanswered goals to end the first leg.
“We were non-existent in the second half, I can’t explain it, it was an inexplicable blackout. This was a heavy defeat,” he said to Sky Sport.
“The team showed fight in the first half but we got it all wrong in the second half. Today had nothing to do with tactics, we lacked mental strength after we lost so many guys to injury early on.”
He continued, “I’m the main one responsible for this. I’m always here to assume my responsibilities and I’ll never shy away from that. I’m primary culprit for this evening.”
To conclude, the Portuguese technician was asked if this was the end of the road for him in the Italian capital, which he refused to address directly.
“We’ll see, it’s tough to talk right now. We’ll have the chance to discuss things when there’s more balance.”