After Smalling’s return Roma dominated Fiorentina in a 2-0 victory and the boss admits Smalling's role in the team’s confidence
Considering their 0-0 draw against
they have obviously gained some confidence afterSmalling’s
“It’s not a coincidence, I always said Chris is important for us,” Fonseca told
Sky Sport Italia
“We have three young lads in defence, so it’s important to have someone like Chris who is more experienced and more of a leader. It’s a very important figure to have.
“The whole team put in a good performance against a strong opponent. We were solid in defence today, doing well to break quickly on the counter.Lorenzo Pellegrini
is a very intelligent player who can take on different roles, just as we can play with three at the back or four.
“We have to take it one game at a time. The objective is to do better than last season, which means qualifying for the Champions League. It’s important to remain balanced and focused, but to maintain the spirit we saw in the team today. The team looks more confident, more solid in defence and therefore ready to push forward with more pace.”