Wednesday July 29 2020
Fonseca: 'I prefer other Roma system'

Paulo Fonseca admits he ‘prefers the other tactical system,’ but adapted to his Roma players and turns his focus to the Europa League after securing fifth place.

This evening’s comeback to beat Torino 3-2 was enough to guarantee automatic entry into the Europa League group phase for 2020-21.

“The team feels much more confident and secure, we created numerous chances to add more goals this evening,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

Roma have been transformed since switching to a three-man defence, but Fonseca admits it’s not his preferred option.

“To be honest, I prefer the other tactical system, but the team gave a much better response to the 3-4-2-1, so that is what we’re going with. We had also tried it in our first game against Atalanta, so it wasn’t entirely new.”

Fonseca confirmed Nicolò Zaniolo could well start against Juventus, his first in the initial XI since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in January, but he’ll rotate the squad ahead of the Europa League Round of 16 clash with Sevilla.

“All our fans tell us they want to win the trophy, we want it too, but know it won’t be easy. Sevilla have won the Europa League five times, so we have to think about them first and then we’ll see what happens.”

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