Fonseca: “It’s always difficult to play Parma”

Sat 13 March 2021 | 14:43

The Roma manager admitted that he needs to rotate his men in the clash against Parma, but the Armenian international is out of action. ‘It’s always difficult at the Tardini.’


are feeling confident following their thumping 3-0 victory over

Shakhtar Donetsk

in the

Europa League

on Thursday, although

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

sustained a calf injury.

Some players are more tired than others, so there will be some rotation, but we don’t have that many options either,

” said coach

Paulo Fonseca


Edin Dzeko and Borja Mayoral are both available, but I won’t say who will start. Lorenzo Pellegrini is a very important player for us, he can take on various different roles and is so intelligent.

“Victories bring confidence, being captain brings confidence. It’s a bit of everything that combines to help. I will give you one clue; Pedro will play tomorrow. He was decisive on Thursday with the assist for Pellegrini’s goal and had a very good game, so I don’t know why people say he is struggling.

“Stephan El Shaarawy is a different player to the others in the squad, which is why we brought him to Roma. I realise there is pressure on him, but we must give him time to work and integrate after a year in which he hasn’t played very much football.”

Roma pulled off an impressive performance in the Europa League clash, securing themselves a foot in the quarter-finals.

The aggressive attitude we showed against Shakhtar was very important, but we did that in other games too. It’s crucial that the players realise how important that is and we must improve the consistency of its application.

“I watched Parma’s 3-3 draw with Fiorentina and they are in a difficult situation, so every game is like a final for them.

“It’s always difficult to play at the Stadio Tardini, as they are solid and can hurt you on the counter.”

Following Napoli and Juventus’ agreement on postponing their clash on April 7, Roma supporters have started a social media campaign, urging them to do the same with their own game with Napoli.

Honestly, I don’t like to comment when I don’t know the real reasons for the postponement. What I do know as a coach is that preparing three games in a week is not the same as preparing a game against Napoli just days after a trip to Ukraine.

“If they ask me as Roma coach why they postponed Juve-Napoli, it is difficult for me to answer. If I was in Gennaro Gattuso’s position, I probably wouldn’t have wanted to play then either.”

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