Paulo Fonseca praised Edin Dzeko’s commitment after the striker helped Roma beat Real Madrid on penalties.
Roma continued their unbeaten start under Fonseca on Sunday evening, holding Madrid to a 2-2 draw in normal time and winning 5-4 on penalties to lift the Mabel Green Cup.
“It was a great night, with both sides playing well,” the Coach said after the game.
“We had a good first half and created some great chances. We may have taken less chances that we deserved to, but the result wasn’t important.
“What mattered this evening was the resilience of my players against a team like Real Madrid, trying to impose our game and ideas for the future.”
Dzeko started the friendly, despite links with Inter intensifying in recent days, and scored the goal that took the friendly to a shootout.
“He’s the same player that I saw on my first day here. He’s always worked sincerely, he’s been very professional and the results are there for all to see.
“He’s our player. He put in yet another important performance against Madrid. He’s a player of great quality, there’s no doubt about that.”
Roma 2-2 Real Madrid (5-4 pen.)
Perotta 34, Dzeko 40 (R) Marcelo 16, Casemiro 39 (RM)
Roma: Pau: Florenzi (Spinazzola 63), Fazio, Juan Jesus, Kolarov; Pellegrini (Diawara 62), Cristante; Cengiz, Zaniolo (Antonucci 76), Perotti (Kluivert 67); Dzeko (Schick 76)
Real Madrid: Courtois; Militao, Varane, Nacho (Jovic 46); Carvajal (Odriozola 62), Modric, Casemiro (Kroos 62), Valverde (Vinicius 46); Hazard (Isco 71); Benzema (Bale 61)