Wednesday November 6 2019
Fonseca: Roma means winning

Paulo Fonseca has warned his Roma players that they “must only think about winning” when they take on Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow.

Roma were robbed of a point when Willie Collum gave Monchengladbach a penalty for a non-existent handball last time out in the Europa League.

However, Fonseca made it clear his players had to forget the incident and show they had moved on at Borussia-Park on Thursday.

“Those who work for Roma must always think about winning. We always play to win,” he said at a Press conference.

“What’s important is winning the next game, not what competition we’re playing in.

“We must think that tomorrow we’ll play against a great team and we must only think about winning.

“I think the game is more decisive for Borussia than it is for us. It’s an important match for both teams.

“It’ll be a different game to the first one. As for the referees, Collum’s mistake has passed and we mustn’t think about it anymore.

“We must all think about fighting together to win tomorrow. Dzeko’s very important to us. If he’s playing without a mask, it’s a sign that he’s fit and can play at 100 percent.”

The coach was then asked if he would take a pay cut if it meant having less matches and potentially putting on a better spectacle.

“Yes, why not?” he replied.

“I’m willing to do anything, including losing money in order to put on a better show.

“Everyone likes to watch football, but I want to enjoy the best possible show myself.

“Right now, in all the major Leagues, too many games are played and, from a physical point of view, that leads to problems, which prevent the best teams from having their best players.

“We always play and new competitions are also being created. A way to rationalise the campaign and organise everything should be found so there aren’t these situations.

“It’s virtually impossible to have all your players at 100%. If it was necessary to reduce salaries to improve the show we put on by playing less, I’d agree.”

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