Fonseca praises Roma defense

Thu 18 February 2021 | 21:39

Roma manager Paulo Fonseca praised his side’s defensive performance in their 2-0 victory over Braga in the first leg of the Europa League Round of 32 tie.

The Giallorossi defeated


by a scoreline of 2-0 thanks to goals from 

Edin Dzeko


Borja Mayoral

. It’s a very strong result by


, whose injury crisis in defense grew even worse after both

Bryan Cristante


Roger Ibanez

came off injured.

“We played well as a team, and I want to thank Jordan Veretout for doing very well as a wing-back,”


told Sky Sport Italia


“I haven’t spoken to the doctor yet, we need to evaluate them tomorrow. It’ll be difficult for us to get them available against Benevento this weekend.”

Dzeko was handed his first start since the row with Fonseca and he scored the opener, but his replacement Mayoral also scored.

“Dzeko played very well, as did Borja Mayoral and everyone else. Braga are a team with a lot of quality, they created a few problems by attacking the space, but we made sure they were never really dangerous.

“Gianluca Mancini was the vice-captain for this match. The armband is not important right now, we have to think about the present and the future. All we care about is that Dzeko scores goals.

“Could he play with Mayoral? We’ll see in future, but the team is playing well with this system.”

source: SportMob
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