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Fonseca: ‘Smalling is not ready and will not play’

Sat 21 November 2020 | 14:20

Paulo Fonseca believes that Smalling is not ready so he is out and will not play against Parma on Sunday.



Paulo Fonseca

has announced that since

Chris Smalling

‘is not ready’, he will not be in the game against


on Sunday.

Lorenzo Pellegrini

trained with us today, he is not in the best condition, but he’s in the squad. Chris Smalling is not ready and will not play,” Fonseca said.


Edin Dzeko


Federico Fazio


Davide Santon

, and

Marash Kumbulla

cannot be in the game due to their positive COVID-19 tests.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

does work as a False 9, but I can confirm

Borja Mayoral

will replace Dzeko tomorrow.

Gonzalo Villar

will also be starting.

“We’ve had time to work in training and a coach always needs time to get his ideas across and create an identity for the team. This side plays differently to the way it did in the past and results have also given everyone more confidence.

“I like Parma, they are a solid team and very dangerous on the counter-attack with Gervinho, so it’ll be important we reduce the spaces for them to run into.”

Fonseca was also asked about the suggestion of the successful move to a three-man defense from ex-Roma director of sport Gianluca Petrachi.

“I like to discuss things with the directors, exchange ideas, but it was my decision after months of experience and getting to know the team well,” the coach answered.

Since January, Roma is going to have Tiago Pinto as a new director.

“It was a decision made by the President and had nothing to do with me. Tiago Pinto is a great sporting director, who comes from a big club, and I am happy.

“The important thing is that we work as a team, then we can all contribute to choosing what is best for Roma.”

source: SportMob