NEWS
Thursday December 17 2020
Fonseca: 'Points important for Roma'

Paulo Fonseca tried to look at the positives after Roma beat 10-man Torino 3-1, but ‘didn’t like’ the final stages when they switched off.

The victory was always inevitable after Wilfried Singo was harshly sent off after just 14 minutes for a second bookable offence.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a Jordan Veretout penalty and Lorenzo Pellegrini strike secured the points, even though Andrea Belotti pulled one back in the second half and Simone Edera hit the bar.

“The three points were the most important thing and we knew it wouldn’t be simple, but we controlled the game and scored three goals,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

It was made considerably easier by the fact Wilfried Singo was harshly sent off for a second yellow card after just 14 minutes, yet 10-man Torino still scored through Andrea Belotti and threatened more in the final stages.

“It’s true, we didn’t control the ball in the final minutes and allowed Torino the opportunity to close on our penalty area. I didn’t like that we conceded a goal down to 10 men, but for the whole game, I am satisfied.”

Roma are now level with Juventus in third place and only four points off leaders Milan.

“We are satisfied with our position in the table, but we are also a very, very long way off the end of the season. We must keep taking it one game at a time and start preparing for Atalanta on Sunday.”

Owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin were in the stands of the Stadio Olimpico again this evening, having earlier met with FIGC President Gabriele Gravina.

“It is very important for us and the players to feel that the club owners are close to them every day. It’s very positive and they can feel that support.”