Tuesday July 7 2020
Fonseca: 'Roma feel losses too intensely'

Paulo Fonseca is ‘trying to change the mentality’ at Roma ahead of their Parma game, realising ‘defeats feel much more damaging here and the team struggles to recover.’

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“It’s not about individual players or the coach right now. We all can and must do better,” said Fonseca in his press conference.

He moved to a three-man defence for the 2-1 defeat to Napoli and hinted this is the way forward, even though Chris Smalling and Davide Santon are now injured for seven to 10 days.

“If we use three at the back, then Cristante is a possibility there. He has already played in that position and did it well. The system does not depend on Smalling, so we’ll see tomorrow what we decide to do.”

The Giallorossi have lost three games in a row, plunging the squad into crisis, including reports they are trying to find Fonseca’s successor.

“We didn’t start 2020 well, then we got back on track with three consecutive victories, then we lost our way again. I think defeats feel much more damaging here and the team struggles to recover.

“We lost to Napoli, but the side showed positive signs and I think tomorrow will be a better performance. I have always said it’s not a physical issue. We mustn’t forget, this is the start of a project. I know many coaches who are winning now and who didn’t win anything at the start.

“There’s something very important here, in my view: we have to let the players understand that a defeat is just a defeat. We mustn’t be happy about it, but nor can we let it weigh so heavily that it influences our future. I am working to change this mentality.

“Parma are very aggressive and among the best counter-attacking sides in Serie A, so that’s the approach I expect from them. I won’t change much, but Smalling is out, Davide Zappacosta isn’t 100 per cent either, so I have a couple of doubts, but I certainly won’t transform the side.”

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