Wednesday July 8 2020
Fonseca: 'Too many penalties'

Paulo Fonseca believes Roma should’ve ‘killed off’ the Parma game earlier and shrugs off controversy. ‘There are already too many penalties in Italy.’

The Giallorossi ended their run of three consecutive defeats, but had to fight back from a goal down to beat Parma with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jordan Veretout strikes.

“It’s not a good result. It is a good victory, but not a good result,” said Fonseca in his press conference.

“We didn’t suffer as such, but when we have so many clear scoring opportunities, we ought to kill the game off much earlier. I thought we played well both offensively and defensively. Having two players behind Edin Dzeko helps and we made some changes from the defeat to Napoli.

“It’s important to build from the back with three in defence and we also left Veretout a little more freedom. Dzeko worked very hard this evening and helped the team, so that’s just as important as scoring a goal.”

Fonseca confirmed Roma have changed to three at the back and intend to stay that way for the foreseeable future, even though today Bryan Cristante had to play in defence.

“We have not really changed the preventative marking compared to before, but we do feel more secure with this system.”

Parma were understandably furious after a penalty was denied, despite the referee viewing the Gianluca Mancini handball again on the VAR monitor.

“I prefer not to comment. There are already too many penalties in Italy,” said Fonseca.

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