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"Roma believe in top four" - Fonseca

Mon 05 April 2021 | 7:32

Roma coach, Paulo Fonseca revealed that his team will keep fighting for the top four in Serie A and accepted the fact that he has made his choice between Borja Mayoral and Edin Dzeko for tomorrow.

Fonseca

's side currently stands 6th in Serie A, earning 50 points from 28 matches, 5 points away from the top four in Italy, but he mentioned that he doesn’t think his players have stopped fighting for qualifying for the Champions League.

“No, it’s the opposite,”

Fonseca announced at a press conference.

“I don’t feel this, there are still 30 points available.”

Fonseca highlighted that his team are focused on the match against Ajax in the Europa League next week.

“The priority is tomorrow’s match,”

he added.

“I’m only focused on Sassuolo and afterwards I’ll think about Ajax."

A.S. Roma

will play against Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium on Saturday.

“It will be tough. We must be 100 percent to win. I saw the lads motivated, ready to play a good game.

“No, I’m only thinking about the next match,”

he reemphasized.

“I have chosen who will play tomorrow, then we’ll see for the cup.

“They [Sassuolo and Ajax] are two teams that always want to have the initiative, but they are very different in how they attack."

The Portuguese coach also talked about the injured players and said Chris Smalling can't play in the match over Sassuolo but considers Bryan Cristante ready.

“Smalling is better, but he’s not ready for tomorrow. He’s improving, but it’s true that he needs more time to come back and we don’t want to take any chances.

“Cristante is ready and will play. It may be possible to use [Leonardo] Spinazzola or [Rick] Karsdorp in the three-man defense."

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